The Anonymous Widower

A Danish Study On Links Between Coeliac Disease And Blood Clots

I am a coeliac on a long-term gluten-free diet.

I am worried that the covids might prey on people like me, so I am researching hard to find out the truth.

Note that in much of Europe, North America and Australasia, coeliacs are at least 1-in-100 of the population and could be higher. The NHS quotes the 1-in-100 figure on this web page, which also says reported cases of coeliac disease are higher in women than men.

This morning I found on the Internet, a peer-reviewed Danish study which was entitled

Coeliac Disease And Risk Of Venous Thromboembolism: A Nationwide Population-Based Case-Control Study

The nation in the study was Denmark.

This was the introductory paragraph.

Patients with coeliac disease (CD) may be at increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), i.e. deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its complication pulmonary embolism (PE), because they are reported to have hyperhomocysteinaemia, low levels of K-vitamin-dependent anticoagulant proteins, and increased levels of thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor.

One thing in this summary screams at me. The mention of vitamin-K!

Ten years ago, I had a serious stroke, that because of modern clot-busting drugs failed to kill me.

I am now on long-term Warfarin and know I have to eat a diet without Vitamin-K.

Given that in a nation like Germany with a population of eighty-three million, there could be nearly a million coeliacs, many of whom will be undiagnosed, this Danish study should be taken seriously, as it should be able to predict the number of clots down to coeliac disease in Germany. But I’m just an engineer and statistician and no medic. Although after the medical troubles of my family, I know a lot more medical knowledge than I did twenty years ago.

An article in The Times, also says that all but two who suffered clots after having the AstraZeneca vaccine were women.

It should be noted that the NHS states on its web site, that women are more likely to suffer coeliac disease than men.

I am absolutely certain, that more research needs to be done.

March 31, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , , , , ,


  1. My wife was diagnosed as Coeliac over 22 years ago. Three years ago having suffered pains in her leg she went to Whipps Cross where they did an ultra-sound scan and found a clot in the back of her knee. Since then she has been on Apixaban so one thing I am not worried about is her developing any clots as a result of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | March 31, 2021 | Reply

    • Sounds like she was diagnosed about the time I was. I was diagnosed at Addenbrooke’s where I think they were having a Whack-a-Coeliac policy.

      I wonder about if I were to be given an antibody test, if I would have high levels because I’m coeliac.

      Comment by AnonW | April 1, 2021 | Reply

  2. There is a strong history of blood clots in my mother’s side of the family. I suspect my mother was coeliac – she said she had “spastic colon” – but with hindsight the things which set it off were generally high gluten things. A clot eventually killed her – she got an arterial blood clot which in a woman of her age, was terminal. But had had various venous clots, as had her sister I think – and her niece, my cousin died from a PE. No idea whether the others were coeliac, diagnosed or otherwise.

    I am on blood thinners, which I take daily. So not so worried about clots although I would be in A&E very quickly if I thought I had one – actually I have had 2 scares and gone straight to A&E both times, but it was a false alarm both times.

    Comment by Liz | April 1, 2021 | Reply

    • You seem to fit the Danish research!

      Comment by AnonW | April 1, 2021 | Reply

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