Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 16, 2001
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Mesa, Arizona, USA:
About three months ago, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, and my gastroenterologist says I'm at risk for diabetes. My fasting glucose level has been the high normal range. I have trouble with my pancreas, and I'm taking an enzymes to help with digestion of foods to be absorbed into the bloodline. If I have not eaten for three hours or so, I tend to get dizzy and slur my speech. Any help would be appreciated. What do you think?
It is now well understood that celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and thus it is relatively often associated with other organ-specific autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroid diseases (such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease), type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and others. The most common ones are diabetes and thyroid disease whilst this risk is much lower for other disorders. Your symptoms at three hours after eating are probably due to low blood sugar, a common phenomenon occurring to celiac patients and due to malabsorption.