In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
Celiac.com 11/07/2006 – In the first multi-country population based study of its kind, Danish researchers have found that around 1 in 8 children with Type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease, and of these the prevalence of stunted growth is abnormally high. Dr. Dorte Hansen and colleages from Odense University Hospital screened 269 children with type 1 diabetes for celiac disease using immunoglobulin A anti-endomysium antibody, anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody, and intestinal biopsy. The researchers found 33 cases of celiac disease, and in 5 of these cases the children had no symptoms of the disease whatsoever. The children with celiac disease were diagnosed with diabetes at a significantly youger age than their non-celiac counterparts and each was also significantly shorter and lighter.
The 33 celiac disease patients were put on a strict gluten-free diet for 2 years, and amond the 24 who complied with the diet all symptoms resolved. Additionally most of the children gained weight and the children who were under 14 also regained their height.
A gluten-free diet relieved symptoms of celiac disease and restored normal growth patterns to most of the children. The doctors conclude that regular screening for celiac disease should be conducted in all children with type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Care 2006;29:2452-2456.