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).
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…