The Connection Between Blood Pressure and Celiac DiseaseCan blood pressure medicine cause celiac disease? That is the question that researchers at Mayo Clinic have been asking and exploring…And the simple answer answer is yes. In this Gluten Free Society Update, I break down the research linking blood pressure medications to inflammation of the GI tract that mimics celiac disease. You will want to watch this video if your doctor has prescribed an Angiotensin II receptor blocker like telmisartan or olmesartan to you for the treatment of high blood pressure. Especially if you have started to develop diarrhea, weight loss, muscle loss, or dehydration.
Gut Damage & MedicationThis research is one of many examples of drug-induced gastrointestinal damage. It is important to know for several reasons:
- Many people are being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. The fact that medicines can create damage that mimic the villous atrophy caused by gluten means that it is very possible to get an incorrect diagnosis.
- Many people with celiac disease have high blood pressure. If these individuals are placed on an angiotensin II receptor blocker for the treatment of their high blood pressure, it is a very real possibility that their gut damage will never heal, and that they will continue to have persistent symptoms of celiac disease despite diet change.
- If doctors are not fully aware of this research, they could very well be inducing gut damage when treating blood pressure, and never make the connection when patients start experiencing pain, weight loss, and diarrhea.
- People with gluten issues who don’t respond to the gluten free diet change are often times diagnosed with refractory celiac disease. The standard treatment for refractory celiac is prescription steroids or immune suppressing medications. These medications can have severe side effects that contribute to further health deterioration. Steroids can cause bone and muscle loss. Immune suppressors have been linked to lymphoma.