May 4, 2010

Celiac Disease and Lupus and Thyroid Etc.

Celiac Disease

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,

Taken from the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research


  1. I've been diagnosed with Mycosis Fungoides, Celiac disease, Hashimotos, Raynaud's and Alopecia. All auto-immune diseases. Just curious to find the common factor (which I think it has something to do with the T-Cell). And also waiting for the next auto-immune disease to pop up. Which one is next? They come in 3's, I was told.

    1. The common factor is leaky gut syndrome. All disease starts in the gut. Heal the gut, heal the body. Since 2010 and being gluten free you should have a seen a great improvement. Getting gluten out of the gut is a GREAT start!

    2. Anonymous,

      Yes, you really need to heal the leaky gut. Then some or all of your food allergies/intolerances may resolve on their own. For a while you need to avoid those foods that irritate your stomach and for Celiacs the common notion is you will have to avoid gluten for LIFE! Thanks for the comment!

  2. yes I have multiple food chemical sensitivity such as intolerance to salicylates, gluten, casein.... I have been through a strict elimination diet - it certainly helps my bowel/gut but has not cured the other issues. Raynauds, Sorgens (?sp) photosensitivity, malar rash and vasculitis/Lupus. Celiac Disease has been ruled out by the gastroenterologist - he will accept non celiac gluten sensitivity. I do also have a multinodular goitre/thyroid, which is being monitored.

  3. Natasha and just ME in T,

    Keep up a strict diet avoiding foods that you have issues with. I heard it takes up to a year for the body to rid itself of gluten entirely and the gut to heal, sometimes even longer and if you go to a pizza parlor and just are exposed to gluten and can have issues as well...also watch other meds/supplements you take for food allergens as well. Hope you both feel better and keep in touch!

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