Risk Factors for Celiac Disease
by Rick Alan
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop celiac disease with or without the risk factors listed below. However the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing celiac disease. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
Your chances of having celiac disease are greater if the condition runs in your immediate family. It is estimated that close relatives of people with celiac disease have a 5%-10% chance of developing the disease.
Celiac disease tends to be more common in people who are of European descent.
If you have another autoimmune disorder, you are at greater risk of developing celiac disease. These disorders include:
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Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
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