Categorized: Celiac Disease Associations

Is gastritis sometimes associated with celiac disease?

Yes. Approximately 50-60% of celiacs have, at the time of diagnosis, a lymphocytic gastritis (infiltration of these specific white blood cells called lymphocytes into the superficial layers of the stomach). However, this is rarely the cause of symptoms and promptly regresses on a gluten-free diet.

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Once I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease and have begun a gluten-free diet, will it prevent other autoimmune disease, such as diabetes?

In the vast majority of patients who have both diseases, Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed before celiac disease. Unfortunately, if celiac disease is diagnosed first and a gluten-free diet is started it won’t prevent the possible development of Type 1 Diabetes. While about 10% of Type 1 Diabetics have celiac disease, only about 3-5% of… Read more »

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Is there a connection between celiac disease and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)?

We’re more frequently seeing an association between EoE and celiac disease. In these cases, diets may also need to eliminate milk, soy, egg, fish and nuts, but a medical professional should only decide this after careful examination. EoE is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus that can cause difficulty in swallowing and heartburn, and… Read more »

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Do some with celiac disease also have lactose intolerance?

It’s possible to be intolerant to other substances as well as gluten, but intolerance for one does not necessarily cause or occur with the other more frequently. Many who have celiac disease are also lactose intolerant, but it often resolves after the gut has a chance to heal.

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