A 55-year-old male asked:
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My son has Type 1 diabetes and recently went on a gluten-free diet and says he feels amazing. Now he is thinking he has celiac disease. Is this likely?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
It happens: Type 1DM begins as an auto-immune disease and other afflictions like celiac disease, auto-immune thyroid disease are seen in higher frequency in these patients. He should have blood tests for the celiac antibodies, which are only valid if he has consumed gluten for 3 wks prior. If positive a confirmatory test can confirm or exclude the issue. Some people feel better gluten free just because.
Answered on Apr 3, 2018

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