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 8, 2004
Question from Asheville, North Carolina, USA:
What type of blood test is used to determine celiac disease? How common is it in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetics?
The screening blood tests available for assessing for celiac disease typically are those that measure antibody levels to a protein called tissue transglutaminase. Related screenings include antibody proteins to endomysium. Less specific are antibody levels to gluten.
Celiac disease is now estimated to co-exist with diabetes in about 5 to 10 percent. For a perspective, thyroid disease may occur in diabetes perhaps 20 percent of the time. I will note that I have seen varying statistics on this. I do not have data as to how often celiac disease is diagnosed at the time that type 1 diabetes is diagnosed. I have only seen celiac disease diagnosed at the same time as the new onset patient but once; in fact, the celiac disease was actually diagnosed by me just before the diabetes was discovered as the patient actually did not have symptoms of diabetes yet.