The following was written by Joseph A. Murray, MD. (murray.joseph@mayo.edu) of the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, who is a gastroenterologist who specializes in treating Celiac disease:

Subject: diabetes and celiac disease, gastroparesis

There is a definite incidence of celiac disease in type one diabetes in Caucasians at least. Anywhere from of 3.3% to 10 % of people with type one diabetes will have or develop celiac disease. Any form of diabetes can lead to gastroparesis, usually after many years of diabetes. The symptoms can be similar in many ways, bloating after meals, abdominal pain. Diarrhea is not usually caused by the gastroparesis itself (diabetic diarrhea may occur as part of the nerve damage caused by the long-standing diabetes). I have several patients who have diabetes, gastroparesis and celiac disease. Certainly identifying the celiac disease often makes a big difference to the symptoms.

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