Diabetes and Celiac Disease

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What is celiac disease?
An autoimmune disease which is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) in susceptible individuals. This response to gluten damages the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of nutrients and related problems. Untreated celiac disease can also lead to health issues in virtually any body system.


Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease: The link



Classic symptoms
Gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, weight loss, anemia.

Other symptoms
Chronic fatigue, bone pain, muscle cramps, balance problems, migraine headaches, seizures, behavior and memory problems, neuropathies, growth and maturation delays, infertility, bone disease, dental enamel defects, and more.


Gluten-free grains and starches

The following grains and starches are allowed on a gluten-free diet:


Foods Containing Gluten

The following foods are not allowed on a gluten-free diet. This is not a complete listing.

This article has been assessed and approved by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.