Lately when I run into a Type 1 diabetic friend they always seem to have something else going on in addition to their diabetes. For instance, one friend just told me that he has celiac disease in addition to his Type 1 diabetes. Celiac disease can affect how nutrients are absorbed in the body and can often affect blood sugar levels. Many celiacs must stop consuming foods with gluten. My friend is one of those who lives a gluten free diet.
My own husband has Type 1 diabetes and Addison’s disease. Addison’s disease is an adrenal insufficiency in the body. John F. Kennedy was known to have this rare disorder. Instead of worrying about high blood pressure, my husband has to take medication to keep his blood pressure up. It can also affect the melatonin in his skin and how he deals with stress.
Other Type 1 diabetics I’ve run into have thyroid problems or thyroid disorders.
My question: Why did my husband and many others get these disorders in addition to their diabetes??
Type 1 diabetes is considered an autoimmune disorder where a person’s immune system attacks healthy tissues as if they were foreign invaders. That is perhaps why many diabetics later develop diseases like celiac, Addison’s, or thyroid problems. Thyroid disease is the most common in Type 1 diabetics and is seen in approximately 15-20% of those with Type 1 diabetes. Celiac disease affects approximately 1 in every 20 Type 1 diabetics. Addison’s is the most rare, but often accompanies those with Type 1 diabetes.
Do you have other disorders in addition to Type 1 diabetes?