Celiac Disease in Type 1 Diabetes

by Medindia Content Team on  June 6, 2002 at 5:46 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Celiac Disease in Type 1 Diabetes
According to researchers, a new study shows a strong connection between celiac disease and diabetes. American researchers report the prevalence of celiac disease in people with type 1 diabetes is about 25 times higher than in those without diabetes. Doctors have uncovered a new finding for diabetics.

Celiac disease is a condition in which the absorption of food nutrients through the small intestine is impaired because of an allergic reaction to gluten. Both CD and diabetes are common chronic conditions in children. Previous studies have shown a connection between the two.

Researchers examined 200 patients from the time they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and followed them for six years. Doctors used blood tests to test for celiac disease because many patients were experiencing no symptoms. 50% of cases of celiac disease were present at the onset of diabetes while the rest were found a few years after the start of the disease.

Since many of the patients with CD had no symptoms, researchers thereby conclude that by extending screening programs for celiac disease after the onset of type 1 diabetes is recommended, even in the absence of clinical symptoms.


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