I met a middle-aged woman at the book signing at Against the Grain who had absolutely no symptoms for celiac disease, but had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her perceptive doctor had her tested for celiac disease, and sure enough...she has it. Dr. Peter H.R. Green states, "Low bone density and osteoporosis are common in patients with celiac disease." (See P. 40, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic)
Inflammation can be a problem for those of us with celiac disease, as Dr. Green explains:
"While malabsorption underlies many of the symptoms of celiac disease, the inflammatory process itself is now understood to be a major factor in the development of symptoms. Inflammation, mainly through the increased levels of circulating cytokines, makes people feel unwell.
"It is well documented that autoimmune diseases tend to travel in tandem. That is, if you develop one, you are more likely to develop another. It is believed that this is most likely due to a genetic predisposition. Approximately 8 to 10 percent of all type 1 diabetics have celiac disease, and the number may be higher as more patients are diagnosed." (See P. 40, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic)
Those around us who are struggling with autoimmune diseases may need to be tested for celiac disease. It is important to let them know there is a chance that celiac disease or gluten intolerance could also be a possible diagnosis. Even though our diet is difficult, it is worth going gluten free to feel better.