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Are Kids With IBS More At Risk For Celiac Disease?

A new research study has found that kids with IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) are more likely to be diagnosed with Celiac Disease later in life.  Kids with IBS should be checked for Celiac Disease to avoid any complications from prolonging the diagnosis.

Are Kids With IBS More At Risk For Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects about 1 in 100 people worldwide- though about 2.5 million people with the disorder are not diagnosed.  It is a disease that affects the small intestine and if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems.

Are Kids With IBS More At Risk For Celiac Disease?

Gluten sources, such as these, can be irritants in kids with IBS that also have Celiac Disease.

Previous studies show the link between IBS and Celiac Disease in adults, but have not shown a link in children.  But Celiac Disease is hereditary, with about a 1 in 10 chance of a child having the disorder if the parent also carries it.

The Celiac Disease Foundation explains why knowledge of Celiac Disease early on is so important:

When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease.

 Long Term Health Effects

Celiac disease can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to additional serious health problems. These include the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers.

Because Celiac Disease can have serious health implications if left untreated, the sooner the diagnoses, the better the outcome for the patient.  By testing kids with IBS for Celiac Disease, they will be able to start treatment early on in life and avoid long term health effects.  Treatment is typically the avoidance of gluten in the diet.

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Are Kids With IBS More At Risk For Celiac Disease?

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