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Editor's e-Note
Bone Health and Celiac Disease

In my editor’s note in the May issue of Today’s Dietitian (TD), I discuss some of the new medical developments on the horizon in celiac disease treatment and management that could give patients a much-needed reprieve from further gastrointestinal damage associated with the disease. Researchers also are making headway against the gradual but devastating loss of bone mineral density, aka osteoporosis, which often accompanies the disease.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, TD discusses the relationship between celiac disease and osteoporosis, its prevalence, and ways dietitians can help patients preserve bone health through diet and supplementation.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the May issue, which includes articles on the history of pulses in the Mediterranean diet, the culprits behind wheat sensitivities, and strategies to identify and fight food insecurity. Also check out, where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
The Link Between Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis
By Kaley Todd, MS, RDN

Patients with celiac disease not only have gastrointestinal and possibly mental health issues to contend with; they also have to be concerned about their bone health, as the disease is associated with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a known complication of celiac disease; it usually occurs due to malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D. Malabsorption occurs because gluten aids in the destruction of the villi lining the small intestine, a circumstance that results in less available surface area to absorb calcium and vitamin D, key nutrients for bone health. Other possible causes include secondary hyperparathyroidism or autoimmune factors, which may impact bone remodeling, as well as inflammation that can alter bone formation.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones are less dense than normal, making them more fragile and more likely to break. In a related condition, called osteopenia, bone density is lower than normal but isn’t low enough to qualify as osteoporosis.

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Field Notes
Research Suggests Trans Fat Bans Lessen Health Risks

People living in areas that restrict trans fats in foods had fewer hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke compared with residents in areas without restrictions, according to a new study researchers conducted at the University of Chicago Medicine and Yale School of Medicine.

“The results are impressive, given that the study focused on trans fatty acid bans in restaurants, as opposed to complete bans that included food bought in stores,” says senior author Tamar S. Polonsky, MD, MSCI, a general cardiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. “If we enact a more complete restriction on trans fatty acids, it could mean even more widespread benefits for people long term.”

Some communities—most notably New York City—have eliminated the use of trans fats in restaurants and eateries in recent years. To study the impact of restricting trans fats, researchers compared outcomes for people living in New York counties with and without the restrictions. Using data from the state department of health and census estimates between 2002 and 2013, the researchers focused on hospital admissions for heart attack and stroke.

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Heart Health in the Amazon
A study outlined in The New York Times points to the lifestyle of a group of Bolivian subsistence farmers and hunters to possibly reduce heart disease risk.

Food Photos Help With Healthful Eating
Instagram is becoming a place where people can log food intake and track healthful eating behaviors by posting photos of what they eat, according to ScienceDaily.
Longevity Salad Bowl:
Ingredients to Add Years to Your Life

By Sue Linja, RDN, LD

Our clients are growing older and we dietitians are, too! By the year 2050, more than 800,000 centenarians will reside in the United States, and baby boomers are demanding to know how to live healthfully into their golden years.

As nutrition professionals, we often receive questions from clients as to how can they live a longer and healthier life. To help them, we can use this mnemonic (LONG LIFE) in our counseling sessions as the framework for a longevity salad bowl.

Leafy greens: Fill the bowl with at least three cups of greens. Good choices include arugula, spinach, watercress, or red leaf lettuce. A daily dose of leafy greens has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. Both diseases potentially can shorten a long and prosperous life.

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Live Webinar

Nutrition Management of ADHD
In this 1 CEU webinar on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 2 PM EDT, Wendy Phillips, MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, FAND, will review the scientific literature regarding nutrient supplementation and specialized nutrition interventions relating to ADHD. Attendees will be provided with practical, daily interventions for the family and person with ADHD, as well as actionable solutions that RDs can provide to complement the family’s values, patient care goals, and existing lifestyle. Register Now »

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Baby-Led Weaning: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Solids Using a Safe, Practical, and Natural Alternative to Spoon-Feeding Purees
In this complimentary 1 CEU webinar, Katie Ferraro, MPH, RDN, CDE, mom of five and self-proclaimed baby-led feeding fanatic is going to run you through everything you need to know about this safe and natural alternative to spoon-feeding. You’ll learn about the baby-led approach to feeding philosophy, and we’ll cover ideal starter foods and tips for pushing a baby’s palate. By the end of this webinar, you will be more confident about your ability to incorporate baby-led weaning either in your own family or your nutrition practice. Sponsored by Hass Avocado Board. Register Now »

Food Truths from Farm to Table:
25 Surprising Strategies to Help Clients Shop and Eat Without Guilt

In this 1 CEU webinar, Michele Payn, CSP, teams up with Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN, to provide strategies that dietitians can use to assist clients in avoiding confusion in the grocery store. Michele will take you behind the scenes of today’s agriculture in the United States and Canada to unveil why food is raised the way it is and to bring clarity and common sense to the food conversation. Together, Michele and Leah provide you with guidance to assist clients in making food decisions based on their own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards. Register Now »

Delivering a Dynamic TV Interview
In this 1 CEU webinar, media savvy dietitians Sue Mah, MHSc, RD, and Gina Sunderland, MSc, RD, share their media coaching tips, real life experiences, and secrets for success to help you develop your media skills and boost your confidence in working with the media. Register Now »
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The SparkPeople Weight Loss Diet & Calorie Counter app (, available free for iOS and Android, is a fitness app, calorie counter, and exercise guide that integrated with SparkPeople’s fitness and healthy living user community. The app includes a calorie counter with a library of food items and a barcode scanning feature, as well as exercise demos and a tracker for recording physical activity. It’s compatible with various fitness trackers and devices. Learn more »

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The Runkeeper app (, available free for iOS and Android, provides users a real-time view of their walks, runs, and other physical activities. Users can set pace, body weight, and/or training goals for which the app formulates personalized routines and reminders. The app also includes workout challenges to complete, a social networking feature, workout metric comparison, compatibility with Spotify, route tracking, and workout rewards. Learn more »
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