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Bags Under Eyes, Wheat And Pancreatic Cancer?

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I was diagnosed with Celiac last month and  my research has me wondering: My Father in Law had significant bags under his eyes and so does my husband.  When an allergist saw the bags under my young son's eyes, he mentioned that maybe he (my son) had a wheat allergy (didn't test him for it, we were there about a possible cat allergy).  We said "No, look at his father, and his grandfather had those, too"   Doctor said "Maybe they all had/have wheat allergies".  Very interesting, but I didn't think anything of it, as neither husband nor son seemed to have a problem with wheat.

 

My Father in Law died of Pancreatic Cancer at 62, after being wrongly diagnosed with Diabetes.  Now, I'm wondering whether this might have been the result of some unnoticed wheat allergy.  

 

Does anyone know if there is a connection between Celiac, or Wheat Allergy and Pancreatic Cancer?  My husband is afraid he, too, will die young and maybe going off wheat could help?  Come to think of it, my Grandfather also died of Pancreatic Cancer, and here I am diagnosed with Celiac (albeit at 50).  

 

Sorry to be so long-winded, but wondering if there's a known connection.

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Well, this is anecdotal and only addresses part of your question.

I had noticeable dark circles under my eyes all the time for years and years. People thought I wasn't getting enough sleep--starting with my mother when I was a teenager.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1986, and have been treated with insulin since then.

After my celiac disease diagnosis in 2000, and switching to a completely gluten-free diet, the dark circles are long gone.

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I too have had dark circles under my eyes since childhood and my boys have it too (after about age 6). It's not bags for us though, just purple colour.  I've been gluten-free (except for some accidents) for 9 months, and my boys have been for about 6 months. We haven't noticed any change yet.

 

There is a link between celiac and some cancers including pancreatic. My father dies of pancreatic cancer when he was only 42. I always thought it was because he was a smoker but when I was diagnosed I found out there is a link. I've always wondered if he had celiac disease too.  :(

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/commoncomplicationsofcd/a/Celiac-Disease-Cancer.htm

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