People at risk

Some individuals are more susceptible to developing celiac disease than others.

RELATIVES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CELIAC DISEASE – Since celiac disease is a genetic condition, first degree relatives, i.e., parents, siblings and children of the person with celiac disease have higher chances of developing it than others. Grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts too are also more susceptible to developing this condition than the general population,  though not as high as the first degree relatives.

PEOPLE WITH OTHER AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS – Autoimmune conditions tend to occur together. It has been seen that people with other autoimmune conditions like Type 1 diabetes, Thyroid disorders, Addison’s disease and Autoimmune hepatitis are more likely to develop celiac disease.

PEOPLE WITH OTHER GENETIC CONDITIONS – People with other genetic conditions like Down’s syndrome, Williams syndrome and Turner’s syndrome

It is important that these individuals are tested for celiac disease even if they do not exhibit any symptoms.

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