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Celiac Disease Related Disorders

Dermatitis Herpetiformis is also present in some people with celiac disease.  Other autoimmune disorders that people with CD are at greater risk to develop include Addison’s disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Alopecia Areata, Graves’ disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (Type 1), myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus and thyroid disease.  Thyroid diseases and diabetes are the two most commonly associated diseases found with celiac disease.  Thyroid disease in most commonly associated with DH.

Other conditions frequently seen in persons with gluten intolerance include anemia, early bone disease, Downs Syndrome and fertility problems.  Some persons with DH also have a higher incidence of other skin conditions, such as eczema.

While other connections have been suggested – such as with autism, MS and mycosis fundoides, the research is either inconclusive, suggests a weak connection or offers no substantial connection.

As knowledge of gluten intolerance diseases expands and new findings become available, you can expect that the list of associated health problems and conditions will also change.

Dermatitis Herpeformis Related Disorders

Thyroid disease is most commonly associated with DH.  Other autoimmune disorders that people with CD are at greater risk to develop include Addison’s disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Alopecia Areata, Graves’ disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (Type 1), myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus and thyroid disease.  This is not a complete list.  Thyroid diseases and diabetes are the two most commonly associated diseases.  It is not uncommon to have other skin conditions as well.