Thursday, April 28, 2011

Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac or Addison’s?

After noticing a growing trend in children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, doctors and medical researchers have announced a new study measuring the correlation between this autoimmune disorder as well as three others. Addison’s disease, celiac disease, and autoimmune thyroid disease often have antibodies present in children at the same time that they are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It has recently been reported that fifteen to thirty percent of people with Type 1 diabetes have also been diagnosed, and about 4 to 9 percent have been diagnosed with celiac disease. Addison’s disease is at the bottom of the list with less than one percent being diagnosed. Children who have been confirmed to have diabetes should be tested yearly for an autoimmune thyroid disease, and for celiac disease if other symptoms become apparent. There is no real screening schedule for Addison’s disease.