Strong Link Between Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease

DNAA startling study has just been published that confirms a strong genetic link between celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. In both diseases, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. In diabetics the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are the target, while in celiacs the small intestine is attacked and inflamed. While scientists have known before that people with type 1 diabetes are much more likely to have celiac disease and vice versa, the new study shows that the diseases share a genetic link of at least “seven chromosomal regions.” This information brings scientists closer to understanding the triggers and underlying causes of both diseases. All you need to know? If you suffer from celiac disease or type 1 diabetics, it would be wise to be fully aware of the symptoms and treatments of the other disease.

For more information on this study, check out the Scientific American article here and the Web MD article here.

2 thoughts on “Strong Link Between Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease”

  1. We found out when Emily (my granddaughter) was 5 an just had started kindergarden that she was type1 diabetics, Than not long after celiac, had the biop. test done. She is now 11 has a pump an plays all sports an is a trooper she does have her days but few an far between All Glution Free. How do we get some bracelets? We live in Oregon

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