From Melbourne, Australia:
I am insulin dependent and so is my 6 year old son. I have been hearing of a strong link between young children with diabetes and celiac disease. I have also been told that my son may need to have a blood test to check this. Is this correct and is the test recommended? My son has had diabetes for 18 months and shows no visible signs of celiac disease.
Yes, recently it has become clearer that people with Type 1 diabetes have an increased incidence of celiac disease (intolerance to wheat/gluten). There are antibody tests to screen for this, though if suspected by clinical symptoms and abnormal antibodies, an intestinal biopsy is usually done to confirm the diagnosis. I do not routinely test children for celiac disease unless they have abdominal pain, diarrhea, or unexplained poor growth.
Original posting 17 Apr 1999
Posted to Other Illnesses
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:01
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