Universal celiac testing in USA good news for diabetes patients

Tue, 02 May 2006
Celiac disorder is an uncomfortable condition that affects some people when they eat gluten. In America, debate is currently raging between doctors to introduce universal testing for celiac disease. The intestinal disorder is strongly linked to type 1 diabetes, and just like diabetes, early diagnosis can save lives. In America, celiac disease is purported to affect one in every 100 people, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. Although it may start out mild, if celiac disease is left untreated serious complications can result. These include cancer, brittle bones, and even death through malnutrition. Gluten is present in many foods such as rye, barley and wheat. Doctors who are arguing for mandatory screening of celiac disease amongst diabetics argue that it will prevent healthcare problems for innumerable patients further down the line. Critics of the program believe that it will be too costly, invasive and problematic amongst the young. Gluten is a large part of the average diet, and is contained in pizza, pasta and bread. Opponents of universal testing believe that eradicating gluten from the diets of youngsters who are showing no symptoms could prove traumatic.
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