Celiac Disease Associated Autoimmune Endocrinopathies, a scientific paper, discusses several diseases that are loosely coupled with celiac disease.
In other words, people diagnosed with certain diseases have a much higher chance of having celiac disease than the general population.
The diseases discussed in this paper are all autoimmune endocrine disorders as follows:
- Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
- Thyroid autoimmunity
- Addison’s disease
- Polyglandular autoimmunity
With the exception of infertility, which may have many different causes, these disorders are all autoimmune diseases, meaning the body’s own immune system fighting against itself.
Celiac disease seems to involve a kind of autoimmune response triggered by eating gluten in certain individuals.
Most people who are aware of celiac disease know that when a celiac eats gluten, the gut breaks down, with symptoms like boating, malabsorption of food, diarrhea and a host of related symptoms.
When a celiac eats gluten, there are many other complications that can arise – this effects all organs in the body.
What many people don’t know is that the only symptoms of celiac disease for some people are some seemingly unrelated autoimmune disease as listed above.
One effect is to possibly trigger, or make worse certain autoimmune diseases.
There are actually several possibilities: that eating gluten triggers other autoimmune diseases in celiacs, or that the other diseases make some people more susceptible to celiac disease, or that some how two conditions (celiac disease and diabetes for example) somehow travel together genetically.
This paper notes that for certain diseases, there is a 10x to 30x increased chance of having celiac disease, compared to the general population.
This paper does not cover every disease where celiac should be more closely tested for.
The paper is by Vijay Kumar, Manoj Rajadhyaksha and Jacobo Wortsman.