Scot M. Lewey, DO, FACG, FASGE, AGAF
Clinical Professor of Medicine
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February 2011- GI and Hepatology News
Researchers have confirmed a genetic link between Celiac disease, Diabetes and a form of childhood arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). This genetic data furthers the support of a link between Celiac disease and autoimmune disease, especially inflammatory arthritis. This raises the question if gluten ingestion is safe for certain genetically predisposed individuals.
Researchers from the University of Manchester, England, have published genetic DNA data that confirms a link between Celiac disease and diabetes to an autoimmune disorder in children, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). This is still a new concept to many physicians. In my experience, most Rheumatologists (autoimmune arthritis specialists) are skeptical of a link between Celiac and autoimmune arthritis conditions. Most pediatric endocrinologists and many adult endocrinologists (diabetes specialists) are aware of the link between Celiac and type I (juvenile onset, insulin dependent diabetes) and routinely screen their patients for Celiac disease. Read more about this on my Food Doc Journal .