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Autoimmune Diseases Links

What are Autoimmune Diseases?

 

An autoimmune disease is an over active immune response of the body against substances and tissues already present in the body.

The immune system reacts by mistakenly breaking down its own tissue by way of attacking its own cells and healthy tissue. causing chronic and sometimes irrevicable damage to the body. It is therefore essential that autoimmune diseases are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to prevent dealth, long term damage and disability. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease.

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Is there a connection between Celiac/Coeliac disease and other autoimmune diseases?

 

Yes there is. An autoimmune disease could be one of a large group of illnesses which affect the immune system. They cause the body to produce antibodies against its own tissues. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which can also trigger secondary and sometimes more serious autoimmune diseases if it is not detected in time.

It is very common for celiacs who have eaten gluten over many years to develop other food intolerances too such as lactose or casein (a protein found in milk) intolerances. This is due to the inflamed and damaged intestine (caused by a celiac eating gluten over a long period of time prior to diagnosis). becoming unable to absorb other foods containing nutrients either.

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The poor absorption of nutrients over the years a celiac is not diagnosed can also lead to vital vitamin and mineral difficencies such as iron and calcium which can cause anemia and the early onset of osteoporosis.

Additional autoimmune diseases linked to celiac disease include Hyperthyroirdism (over active thyroid gland) and Type 1 Diabetes. With this form of diabetes, the body cannot regulate its blood sugar levels, as it is unable to produce the hormone called Insulin.

Is there a link between Celiac/Coeliac disease and other autoimmune diseases?

 

*An autoimmune disease occurs when the body attacks its own healthy tissue thinking that is contaminated. Some autoimmune diseases have a genetical link to celiac disease. Although it is widely known that celiac disease runs in families, so do other autoimmune diseases. Children of a parent who has celiac disease will be born with a genetic disposition to either acquire it or develop a different autoimmune disorder instead such as hyperthyroidism or type 1 diabetes. * It is an increased risk rather than a certainty..

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 What is DP (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)?

 

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DP is a chronic extremely itchy rash made up of clusters of bumps and blisters.
It can manifest almost anywhere on the body though it most commonly occurs on the buttocks, elbows and knees.
Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older,and most commonly occurs in when people are in their 30's, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women.and requires diagnosis and treatment

Is there a link between Celiac/Coeliac disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)?

 

Yes. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin form of celiac disease. It is very rare and affects around one person in every 10,000. People who have DH are usually celiacs but do not show the gut symptoms of the disease Despite this, it can still cause the same damage to the colon so it is essential that suffers also eliminate gluten from their diets. As with celiac disease, the only way of contracting DH is by eating gluten, and those who have never eaten gluten cannot get it..

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What is Crohns Disease?

 

Chrons Disease, is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, the general name for diseases which cause the intestines to swell. it affects seven people in every 100,000 in the UK and causes a number of symptoms, including severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and loss of weight. Crohn’s disease is an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, also referred to as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum. The swelling extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The swelling can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.

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 The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, weight loss, arthritis, skin problems, and fever may also occur. Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia. Children with Crohn’s disease may suffer delayed development, malnutritioun and stunted growth. The range and severity of symptoms varies. Because the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and ulcerative colitis, it can be difficult to diagnose. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the top layer of the lining of the large intestine. In Crohn’s disease, all layers of the intestine may be involved, and normal healthy bowel can be found between sections of diseased bowel.

Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families. About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child. Crohn’s disease can occur in people of all age groups, but it is more often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 30

Is there a link between Crohns Disease and Celiac/Coeliac Disease?

 

Yes there is. Although they are separate conditions with similar symptoms, researchers in Italy have established that those with Crohns disease also have a high prevalence of celiac disease but it is often not investigated.

The researchers conclude that there is a high prevalence of celiac disease in those with Crohns disease (in their tests, appromimately 1 person in 5 with chrons also has celiac disease). As a result, they recommend that all patients who are diagnosed with Crohns disease should begin a gluten-free diet at the time of diagnosis.

As it has been reported that some sufferers of chrons should also avoid yeast products such as bread. It is possible to buy organic bread which is naturally gluten free yeast free and xanthan gum free online from