13th June 2019

Other Conditions Associated with Coeliac Disease

By Aidan - Autoimmune Disease
coeliac and genetics associated

First of all, please try not to panic.

Yes, there is a range of other medical conditions that are associated with coeliac disease, however that doesn’t mean that you or your loved one will develop these. If you are researching these simply out of concern then you are not the first (its how we started) and good on you for spending the time to do so.

By being aware of these other potential conditions that may or may not appear it will help when speaking to your local GP and help ensure the person with Coeliac disease is able to get the correct screening.

 

The reason why other conditions are associated with Coeliac disease

Genetics

First of all, Genetics plays a part. Our daughter Alyssia has Coeliac disease as does her Grandma on Michelle’s side. The gene that caused the Coeliac disease also make her susceptible to a range of other immune complications.

 

It’s worth checking back to see if any other Autoimmune issues are or were present in your family line as it will be worth asking your Practitioner to screen for those also, even if there are no symptoms present.

 

For those who have caught Coeliac disease early there is some evidence that this reduces risk of future issues.

 

Inflammation

Many people who have had untreated Coeliac disease for some time will also complain of issues across their body. This can include rashes, joint pain, reproductive issues, bone and teeth problems along with a few others. Whilst the inflammation caused by coeliac disease affects the small bowel it can also affect other areas of your body. These symptoms are often the way people find out they have Coeliac disease.

 

Flattening of Villi in the Small intestine

The inflammation that is caused damages our lining in the small intestine. The Villi which are the small finger like structures that absorb your nutrients are in a sense flattened and unable to absorb nutrients that your body needs. Often people diagnosed with Coeliac disease will be low on Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin.

 

Some of the extra conditions associated

Untreated Coeliac disease can affect the systems in your body. The following medical conditions are known to be appear more often in people who suffer from it. Of course, you should speak to your GP should you have any questions or concerns.

Most importantly an early diagnosis can reduce the risk of the majority of these issues ever showing up.

 

  • Addison ‘s disease
  • Alopecia
  • Anaemia
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease – Hashimoto’s
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Infertility
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Low bone density
  • Lupus
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type 1 diabetes

 

There are further conditions that also connect, you can get a full list here at Coeliac Australia

 

If you a parent of a young child with coeliac disease and worried about how to manage it, we made another blog with how we have managed with our 4 year old. You can view it here 8 Tips For Parents of Children with Coeliac Disease

 

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