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Celiac Disease and Type 1 Development Linked

Swedish researchers say that children with celiac disease are at increased risk of developing type 1.

“Earlier studies suggest that children with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have a subsequent diagnosis of celiac disease,” write the researchers. “However, research is sparse on the risk of subsequent type 1 diabetes in individuals with celiac disease.”

9,243 children with a diagnosis of celiac disease were identified in the Swedish national inpatient register between 1964 and 2003. It was discovered that celiac disease was associated with a statistically significantly increased risk of subsequent type 1 before age 20.

“Individuals with prior celiac disease were also at increased risk of ketoacidosis or diabetic coma before the age of 20 years,” say the researchers.

Diabetes Care, November 2006

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