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Irish Heritage And Celiac's


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#1 Queen Serenity

 
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 10:24 AM

I am curious to know how Celiac's is related, in the majority, to people of an Irish background. Everyone I have spoken too, who have the disease, have some Irish background. I just want to know if there is a connection. If you have no Irish background, please let me know what nationalities you are. Thanks in advance, if you choose to take the survey.
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:09 PM

On my dad's side, I am German. On my mom's side, I am French, Irish, and Dutch. My Grandpa used to tell my Grandma "The French and the Irish, they ain't very much...But anything's better than the ____ ole Dutch!" It never failed to get her riled up! :D
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:40 PM

interesting
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 05:43 PM

Yes, there is Irish in our background, along with many other European ancestors including Danish, English and German.
I have heard that there are some who think JFK with all his medical problems may have been an undiagnosed Celiac.
Italy is another country that has a high percentage of Celiacs. It may be due to their much more frequent testing for the disease.
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 01:16 AM

not positive yet- waiting on test results, but:

the only irish in my background is having lived there....

my family background is from alsace lorraine (france/german) and other parts of eastern europe... mixed with native american....

again- the eastern european part makes sense for me....
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 06:21 PM

;) My heritage is, as most, a mixed bag. German, English, Swiss and of course the ever lovable Irish. Any or all of these could be considered Northern European. Guess we have a lot of that going around. My husband's family is Danish and while he is not a celiac, we have at least one of our seven offspring as a diagnosed celiac. My sister, mother and grandmother were also affected. Hope this helps. Thanks for the post, rs.
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:35 PM

I know I have Irish/Norwegian on my mothers side. My fathers side has several things but I never remember what they are. Would have to ask my daughter who is into family history. My father had chron's disease but I think he may have had this and we didn't know about it. However, my grandfather on my mothers side had colon cancer. Hugs, Carol B (who is waiting test results from enterolab for a formal diagnosis)
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Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:19 PM

When I told a new friend that I had Celiacs she said "Oh, you must be of Irish decent." I told her I had some Irish in my background and asked her why she would know that. She told me that she knew people with it and about how people with Irish backgrounds having it more ofter and such. I don't really remember all she said about it though. So, it's funny seeing that on here!
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Posted 15 June 2004 - 05:39 PM

I am English, Welsh, Dutch, German, French, and American Indian (that I know of, there may be more). I'm not sure about any Irish, but all my relatives on my mom's side are gone and that's where the celiac disease would have come from, so I can't ask any of them. That was most of the Welsh, Dutch, and French. Possible some Irish or Scottish. It's kind of hard to say. I'm just a euro-mutt.
My kids are all that plus Philippino, which for my husband includes Chinese, Japanese, Malay and Portuguese.
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Posted 15 June 2004 - 05:56 PM

My father was German and my mother Dutch/Irish. Looking back Mom had numerous problems with diarrhea but just delt with it and didn't seek any medical help. She passed away four years ago but now that I've been diagnosed with celiac, I wonder if maybe she had it also but it was a disease doctors just didn't know that much about when she was younger.
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Posted 16 June 2004 - 02:07 AM

My celiac husband is Danish/German/Italian. No Irish involved as he is third generation and knows that the great grand parents came over from the other side. There is one point I'd like to make and that is no one really knows who married into their families when their ancestors were in Europe. For example, his Danish side could be mixed in with Irish a century ago unbeknownst to him. An Irish person could have migrated to Denmark and settled there, as the two countries are so close.
I understand that Asian , American Indian and Black populations don't see celiac as much, but then again, if there is some European in their ancestry that they don't know about, they could very well be suffering from celiac as well. Also, keep in mind that during the time of the European explorers and the Vikings, Europeans traveled vast distances and put down roots: examples: South & Central America, in the Carribean, Africa, parts of Asia....this would mean that the gene for this may be more widespead than the medical community realizes. The gene doesn't go away so the general population may see a day where the percentage of people with celiac disease is getting higher and higher.

Just a few things I think about when I am not making gluten-free food..... :P

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Husband has Celiac Disease and
Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -
The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis
Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,
most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as
being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."
Serious Depressive state ensued
Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003
Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.
Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle
Developed neuropathy in 2005
Now has lymphadema 2006
It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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Posted 17 June 2004 - 08:10 AM

I also come from Irish decent, however my mothers side seems to be the one that has symptoms of the disease. They are Dutch. It seems as though the Dutch are sharing responsibility with the Irish here!



P.S.: Debmidge- :lol:
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Posted 17 June 2004 - 06:38 PM

Irish on my mothers side. She had a lot of health problems including pancreatitis and insulin dependent diabetes and she never drank a day in her life. She used to hate it when she would go to the hospital and they would try to get her into AA.
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 07:23 AM

I am a newly diagnosed, Celiac, by blood test only. I am soon to have a biopsy, by a new Gastro. Dr. Almost the first question he asked me, was are you of Irish Descent? I am, my parents on both sides have Irish heritage. Lucky ME!
My sister is also a Celiac, and suspect a deceased sister, probably was also.
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 11:45 AM

I am Scotch-Irish on my mothers side, and German/French on my fathers side. I have celiac and we don't know if one of my parents has it --mom is getting tested and she does have symptoms. The doc thinks I may have hemochromotosis (iron-overload) and it is also known as "The Celtic Curse"! :blink: Guess thats what they call the "luck of the Irish".
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