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what is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? are both hereditary?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one.
Answered on May 9, 2019
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