I should know. When I was diagnosed with Celiac, I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was in my mid-30s and was never a person who drank a lot of milk or ate a lot of dairy growing up.
But here I was with a new autoimmune disease diagnosis AND a diagnosis of osteoporosis.
I realized then that it’s not just a woman’s health issue. Too often, you see and hear about women (and more mature women) having osteoporosis.
I came across an article recently in Webmd.Com magazine which talks about men having osteoporosis. I’m glad they’re bringing this information out so more men are aware of this potential risk. You can view the article in PDF form here -> Men and Osteoporosis
They diagnosed me by doing a bone density scan – something super easy,
painless and quick. Basically, I layed on a table, they had a scanner pass over me and back again and that’s it.
After a few years on calcium supplements and vitamin D pills, I’ve moved into the osteopenia stage and my bones are much stronger. That plus weight bearing exercise has helped. I still take a calcium supplement daily as I don’t love dairy.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about this potential risk. And just as important, be sure to spread the word to others about the risk of males with Celiac potentially having osteoporosis or osteopenia. It’s important to be checked for these diseases.