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Is autism associated with celiac disease?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven.

In brief: No
Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Autistic & non-Autistic children have the same incidence of Celiac Disease ( Gluten Enteropathy), 7%.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Celiac disease is not associated with autism in the sense that one causes the other, nor in the sense that a single cause is responsible for both disorders.
However, a person with autism can also have celiac disease, among other diseases. Likewise, a person with celiac disease can also have autism, among other diseases.

In brief: No
Celiac disease is not associated with autism in the sense that one causes the other, nor in the sense that a single cause is responsible for both disorders.
However, a person with autism can also have celiac disease, among other diseases. Likewise, a person with celiac disease can also have autism, among other diseases.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not Yet
There is no apparent direct association.
Just as some autistic patients may have asthma, some may have celiac disease.Although some folks blieve that the celiac diet improves the autisitic behaviors, I have noy seen this and am not aware of any solid scientific research supporting it.

In brief: Not Yet
There is no apparent direct association.
Just as some autistic patients may have asthma, some may have celiac disease.Although some folks blieve that the celiac diet improves the autisitic behaviors, I have noy seen this and am not aware of any solid scientific research supporting it.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The incidence of Celiac. Disease in children with Autism is 7%, the same as in non-Autistic children.
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