We’ve been aware that there is a link – or at least an association – between coeliac disease and diabetes, and a study in Denmark recommends that all children with type 1 diabetes should be screened for coeliac disease. (see Diabetes Care, November 2006, reported by Reuters).
The doctors conducting the research in Denmark identified 269 patients under 16 with type 1 diabetes, and screened them for coeliac disease – finding that over 12% had both coeliac disease and diabetes. This is significantly more than the 1% we are usually quoted by Coeliac UK.
Happily, the identified children were put onto a gluten free diet, and after two years their symptoms resolved, their weight rose and height increased (though only in those under 14 – which goes to show that early diagnosis is important).