No change in coeliac mortality for decades: study

But a leading researcher notes that quality-of-life has improved across the board

Mortality in patients with coeliac disease has barely changed in 50 years despite earlier diagnosis and easier access to gluten-free food, a study of almost 50,000 patients suggests.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and Columbia University, US, reviewed health data for all patients diagnosed with coeliac disease in Sweden between 1969 and 2017 and one quarter-million matched comparators.

Patients with coeliac disease were 14% more likely to die within the follow-up period, on average 12.5 years,