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 fo 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 absorbtion 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 still 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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