Happy Kids With Healthy Bodies

Diabetes and Coeliac Disease

A person is diagnosed with diabetes when their body cannot use glucose properly. The unused glucose, at high levels in the blood stream, can cause damage to other parts of the body such as heart disease, kidney disease, circulation problems and nerve problems.

Coeliac Disease and Diabetes 1 are both autoimmune diseases. Children and adults with diabetes are more likely to develop coeliac disease as it is believed they are genetically linked.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts and destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. In order for the body to use glucose (simple sugars which are broken down from the food we eat by our digestive system), insulin has to be produced otherwise the body will starve.

Everyone needs insulin to survice, whether they produce themselves or inject it.