Can coeliac condition really lead to osteoporosis (bone atrophy)?

Can coeliac condition really lead to osteoporosis (bone atrophy)?

When coeliac condition is diagnosed, the patient's bone density is measured, as coeliac sufferers often have a reduced bone density. Coeliac condition causes damage to the mucous membrane of the small intestine, preventing the absorption of nutrients such as calcium. This leads to a calcium deficiency, which in turn disrupts bone metabolism and causes loss of bone mass. Other factors, such as smoking, reduced calcium intake and existing auto-immune diseases, also play a role in the development of osteoporosis (bone atrophy). Maintaining a gluten-free diet has a positive effect on the bone density of coeliac sufferers.
The German Society for Nutrition recommends a daily intake of 1000 mg of calcium for a healthy adult, which should be consumed through naturally rich foods (milk, cheese, yoghurt, broccoli, leafy greens, pulses). Coeliac sufferers have a somewhat higher calcium requirement, in order to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.