12/31/2010 12:10 AM
Autoimmune Diseases

There are many autoimmune diseases.  An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system has an overreaction to cells and tissues which naturally occur in the body.  In other words, it attacks itself.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and is probably one of the best known but there are many others.  Many experts now believe that there's a connection between Celiac Disease and other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few.   And because, in many cases, you can have either no symptoms of Celiac Disease or other symptoms which are diagnosed as a different autoimmune disease, it's most likely that patients would not realise they have Celiac Disease and, as such, would continue to damage their bodies by consuming gluten on a daily basis. Here's a list of many autoimmune diseases:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoimmune_disease

 

Here's some information explaining the connection between Celiac Disease and other autoimmune diseases from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (part of the US Department of Health and Human Services):

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

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