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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 celiacs have Type 1 Diabetes. July, 2012