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Connection between RA and gluten

By Anonymous March 28, 2011 - 10:04am
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Someone told me that gluten intolerance was common in RA people. Does anyone know anything about that?

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Hi Anonymous,
That person is correct. According to the website for the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse:
People with celiac disease tend to have other diseases in which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissues. The connection between celiac disease and these diseases may be genetic. They include:

•type 1 diabetes
•autoimmune thyroid disease
•autoimmune liver disease
•rheumatoid arthritis
•Addison’s disease, a condition in which the glands that produce critical hormones are damaged
•Sjögren’s syndrome, a condition in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed

March 28, 2011 - 5:14pm
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