Hi Folks, we know that there are links with CD and diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. I was interested by a comment by Lynxcat about having had pneumonia and then a very painful lung infection. Because I had pneumonia when I was a baby and a few years ago I went to bed feeling OK and when I woke in the morning I couldn't breath properly and it was so painful I stayed in bed for 2 days before eventually going to my Dr who gave me antibiotics. This was when Hong Kong flu was prevalent in the UK so I assumed it was that. I then had a letter from my Gastro advising me that they had found that many coeliac who had, had pneumonia also had a scratched lung.
In layman's terms having CD suppresses our spleens and this makes coeliac more vulnerable to pneumonia and Asthma.
I feel I'm on dangerous territory here as I am not a medic and we have a medical student as a member. But to me this shows that there is far more to having CD or being genetically predisposed to it than flattened villi. And the advantage of being a member of GFG is by reading others experiences we can relate to things and not feel so isolated in our symptoms.
So I thought this might be of interest to others and how many of you have had pneumonia or have asthma or both? Also interestingly Vitamin D comes into the equation.