And the autoimmune issue strikes again! New research shows people with Multiple Sclerosis (an autoimmune disorder) are more likely to have celiac disease (also an autoimmune disorder).
The new research out of Spain and published in BMC Immunology and reported on Medscape* shows that people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their close relatives have a prevalence of celiac disease 5-10 times higher than the general population.
Researchers put all of their MS /celiac patients on the gluten free diet and saw a difference,
“…all of them improved considerably both with respect to the gastrointestinal and to the neurological symptomatology in the follow-up period,” the report said.
“So the main message that we want to [get out] to doctors who attend MS patients is to perform clinical, serological, genetic, and histologic studies directed to find a possible associated [celiac disease],” Dr. Luis Rodrigo, an author of the study, told Medscape Medical News.
A lot of this connection isn’t surprising. The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center says 6% of people with Type 1 Diabetes also have celiac disease. Autoimmune disorders seem to be connected in some way which is what a lot of research is looking into including at the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research. Hopefully it will lead to more answers soon.
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