04 Aug 2016

As we know, celiac disease is a more talked about topic these days. As a result, people are becoming more conscious about the signs and symptoms about this autoimmune disease. But here is something you may not have read about yet, there is a connection between celiac disease and diabetes. Specifically celiac disease and type 1 diabetes have a lot of things in common and they are connected in many ways. Some of the common things the two have in common are: they have the same environmental triggers that activate them, they both are high risk autoimmune diseases and they both have symptoms that mimic other diseases and are often confused with other things.

Let’s Break Down Celiac Disease and Diabetes

Celiac disorder and type 1 diabetes are disorders that are based on genetics and they happen to share similar genes. Generally 3.5%-10% of people that have celiac disease develop type 1 diabetes. The same goes for those people that have celiac disease; generally they end up with type 1 diabetes. It is a good practice if you know you already have either celiac disease or type 1 diabetes that you get screened and tested for the other. Because the two of them are so closely related and in majority of cases if you have one you develop the other, it’s the best and safest practice to see if you have the other.

In most cases of people that have both celiac disease and type 1 diabetes, people find out about type 1 diabetes first and then about celiac disease later on. The reason for this is because the symptoms that you can see for type 1 diabetes are easier to diagnosis and they are more obvious than those symptoms of celiac disease. Symptoms that are noticed in type 1 diabetes that are noticed in celiac disease are frequently urinating and uncommon thirst. Symptoms they both share are weight loss, irritability, fatigue, extreme appetite and a failure to grow in children.

If you have both diseases you have to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself health-wise… but there are things that you need to do as well. One of the most important is making sure you are eating a proper diet that will be able to control both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Get things checked out immediately!

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