October 7, 2013 | By Health Editor
MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) — Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby’s diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report.
People with celiac disease have an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Over time, this abnormal response can damage the small intestine and restrict nourishment, affecting a child’s growth and development.
“Avoidance of gluten as long as possible does not seem to be advisable,” said lead researcher Dr. Ketil Stordal, a researcher and consultant pediatrician at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo...