Once you are diagnosed with celiac, taking the right precautions — in addition to making the right dietary changes — will help ensure a healthy life.
Long-term malabsorption of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, the thinning and weakening of bones. But osteoporosis often goes unnoticed. If a scan shows your bones are strong, it will be one less thing for you to worry about, and you'll have a good baseline measurement for future reference. If your bones show signs of thinning, you and your doctor can begin a treatment plan.