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Coeliac disease and diabetes

Coeliac disease is a condition where an intolerance to gluten causes small bowel inflammation and damage.


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. The only treatment for coeliac disease is a life-long gluten-free diet.

Coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes can occur together because they are both autoimmune diseases. It’s estimated that 5% of people with type 1 diabetes may have coeliac disease.

Some people with type 2 diabetes develop coeliac disease but the two conditions are not related.

Learn about 'Coeliac disease and diabetes':

  • What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?
  • How is coeliac disease diagnosed?
  • Which foods contain gluten?
  • What happens if you don't follow a gluten-free diet
  • Healthy eating for coeliac disease and diabetes
  • Gluten-free carbohydrate foods

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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.