Companion Diseases to Celiac Disease

By Leanne Overlander | Uncategorized

May 11

cute-short-list-of-autoimmune-diseaseCeliac Disease is a serious autoimmune disease that should not be taken lightly.  It is not just some minor discomforts and distress when gluten is ingested, it is a full on attach on the body that can lead to many serious consequences. So, if you know someone dealing with Celiac Disease, do not blow off their concerns about what they are eating or make fun of their “quirks”.   If they could choose, they certainly would rather be able to eat everything.

autoimmune-disease-because-the-only-thing-tough-enough-to-beat-me-up-is-me-1ee59If a person with Celiac Disease does not follow a strict gluten free diet there are many diseases and conditions they can trigger in their bodies ranging from cancers to other autoimmune diseases.  That is why Celiac Disease is known to have companion diseases.  These include the following conditions:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • MS
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Sjogren's Disease
  • Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy
  • IgA nephropathy
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility- multiple miscarriages
  • Digestive tract cancers
  • Heart disease

Those with autoimmune diseases, such as Celiac Disease, find themselves at high risk for developing other autoimmune diseases than the general population.  That is why it is not just a fad or quirk to eat a gluten free diet.  It is truly life or death.  These are just some of the related diaeresis and disorders and more is being discovered about the connections everyday.  If you are diagnoses with Celiac Disease or one of the disorders mentioned above, you may want to discuss with your doctor the other diseases to help prevent or treat the diseases you have.  The quality and length of your life depends on taking care of your body and preventing if possible is the best choice.  Other autoimmune disorders or some complications like peripheral neuropathy can still occur. However, studies have shown that the worst complications, such as malignancies, are completely prevented after 1-2 years on gluten-free diet.

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Resources:

University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

About the Author

Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.