May 4, 2010
Celiac Disease and Lupus and Thyroid Etc.
Dermatitis herpetiformis is also present in some people with celiac disease. Other autoimmune disorders that people with CD are at greater risk to develop include Addison' s disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Alopecia Areata, Graves' disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1), myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, and thyroid disease. Thyroid diseases and diabetes are the two most commonly associated diseases found with celiac disease. Thyroid disease is most commonly associated with DH.
Other conditions frequently seen in persons with gluten intolerance include anemia, early bone disease, Downs Syndrome, and fertility problems. Some persons with DH also have a higher incidence of other skin conditions, such as eczema.
While other connections have been suggested - such as with autism, MS, and mycosis fungoides, the research is either inconclusive, suggests a weak connection or offers no substantial connection.
My Take (written by Toni) --I have seen other places that MS has a much more substantial link to Celiac Disease see Ann Sawyer' sbook "The MS Recovery Diet Also see Dr. Peter Green's book "Celiac Disease : A Hidden Epidemic"
As knowledge of gluten intolerance diseases expands and new findings become available, you can expect that the list of associated health problems and conditions will also change.
To learn more about the recently published multi-center prevalence study of celiac disease visit, http://www.celiaccenter.org/.
Taken from the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research