The information contained in this section has been procured from the Celiac Disease Foundation and BeyondCeliac.org.
It is all for educational purposes and not intended to be taken as medical advice.
Long-Term Health Effects
People with celiac disease have a 2x greater risk of developing coronary artery disease, and a 4x greater risk of developing small bowel cancers.
Untreated celiac disease can lead to the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), and many other conditions, including dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, heart disease and intestinal cancers.
Undiagnosed or Untreated Celiac Disease Can Lead to Long-Term Health Conditions
Iron deficiency anemia
Early onset osteoporosis or osteopenia
Infertility and miscarriage
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Central and peripheral nervous system disorders
Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers (malignancies)
Gall bladder malfunction
Neurological manifestations, including ataxia, epileptic seizures, dementia, migraine, neuropathy, myopathy and multifocal leucoencephalopathy
Other Autoimmune Disorders
In a 1999 study, Ventura, et al. found that for people with celiac disease, the later the age of diagnosis, the greater the chance of developing another autoimmune disorder.
Autoimmune and Other Conditions Associated with Celiac Disease
AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION PREVALENCE IN CD POPULATION
Autoimmune Hepatitis 2%
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease 26%
Chronic fatigue syndrome 2%
Dermatitis Herpetiformis 25%
Down syndrome 12%
Gluten ataxia 10-12%
Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyapathy 5.7%
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 1.5-6.6%
Liver Disease 10%
Lymphocytic Colitis 15-27%
Microscopic Colitis 4%
Peripheral Neuropathy 10-12%
Primary Bilary Cirrhosis 3%
Sjögren’s Syndrome 3%
Type 1 Diabetes 8-10%
Unexplained infertility 12%
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