Type 1 Onset Could Be Linked to Celiac Disease

Both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are autoimmune diseases. It’s not uncommon for people who have one disease to also have the other.

Dec 15, 2008

British researchers have discovered genetic links between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease (a digestive disorder characterized by an impaired reaction to gluten) that have them speculating that both diseases may stem from a common underlying cause.

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that attacks the lower intestine and impairs its ability to absorb nutrients. Celiac patients can't tolerate gluten, which is found in such common grains as wheat, rye, and barley.

Both type 1 diabetes and celiac are autoimmune diseases. It's not uncommon for people who have one disease to also have the other.

Scientists have long noted a genetic link between type 1 and celiac disease. But recently, researchers at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom found that people with the two diseases share seven genetic markers not found in people who have neither disease. 

The overlap between the diseases means that research will now focus more closely on food. Because some scientists suspect diet as a prime factor in the onset of type 1, the genetic link to celiac could lead to food-based therapies designed to thwart its onset.

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Posted by ndocroth on 15 December 2008

Congratulations to Diabetes Health for raising this issue.
A recent professional seminar aimed at the pharmacologists and designed to raise awareness about the presence of gluten in prescription medication mentioned that gluten-sensitivity is ten times more widespread than type 1 diabetes.
Those of us working in natural medicine have long known that we can achieve the best results with diabetics (type 1 and 2) by taking them off all gluten...

Posted by Anonymous on 15 December 2008

I am patient zero in my family with Type 1 diabetes - and a cousin who is 2 years older than me has Celiac Diease, and in recent years, her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes also. Thank you for this article - I will make dietery changes for sure now!

Posted by Anonymous on 16 December 2008

My son most likly has Celiacs, me Type I aft. Hemm. Pancreatitis. I went on his diet and found that it cut cravings out. Next, I had more energy...have Fribomyaliga and the fatigue that goes with it. If you can lose wt. but regain due to maintain. prob. try GF diet too. I now have perfect A1C and can work out heavily with wts. My insulin is 1 unit w/meals 4 w/pasta and 8 long act. at night. 1 month will be enough to know if the GF free diet is for you. I also have cut fats-use only saff. oil for baking and EVOO for cooking, eat a handful of nuts a day, 3 glasses of milk or soy milk, and I cut yeast so no breads. I use GF crackers in var. flavors or GF corn muffins. If you look puffy as much as heavy please try the GF diet. I wish I could tell the world how much better I look and feel.

Posted by Anonymous on 16 December 2008

I would like to know how to find out which drugs have gluten in them.

My aunt got type 1 in her 20s, her daughter got celiac and her granddaughter got type one. I have heard of online several people who have both.

Posted by Anonymous on 1 January 2010

I have looked for a link between celiac and gastropareses (paralysis of stomach) as my daughter has both, and we are at a loss as to the cause of the stomach disorder. I keep finding that most have diabetic causes, and most of the remainder are called "idiopathic" for no known cause. This makes so much sense, since celiac causes poor nutrient absorption and the restricted diet early on, then the subsequent addition of more carbs as we learned the gluten-free items available to us coupled with the better absorption after healing of the celiac's intestinal damage would of course cause a surge in sugar levels; I suppose that could have then caused the gastropareses, even though she is not technically diabetic!?

Posted by tjfenske on 7 April 2010

Terrific research! The only question I have is, how can they consider 'diet' when more and more children are being diagnosed younger and younger every year? A baby hardly has a diet. My child was dx at 18 mths old. Hardly a diet there worth mentioning but that doesnt explain a newborn baby being only on formula or breast milk diet. And as far as genetics go? No one on either parent side has celiac or T1 yet my child does. Aggravating!

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