Categorized: Celiac Disease Associations

Is delayed development in a child related to celiac disease?

Delayed development is not linked to celiac disease. The only possible link would be a condition of very severe and very protracted malabsorption with malnutrition (which is practically nonexistent in developed countries). Even then, it would largely regress in a relatively short time after starting a gluten-free diet.

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Do those with celiac disease have trouble absorbing calcium?

When celiac disease is active it prevents the absorption of the proper amounts of many nutrients, but once following a strict gluten-free diet, absorption levels should come close to, meet and possibly exceed normal levels. Even if the gut doesn’t totally heal, most people will absorb enough calcium.

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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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