While reading thru the Celiac Sprue Associations Newsletter, Lifeline, I came across a very interesting article on the link between Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease written by Diana Stuber, M.A, R.D., C.D.E.. The author states that six percent of those with Type 1 Diabetes will eventually develop Celiac Disease, per current estimates.  This puts the risk at 4.5% or  at least equal to the risk of a first degree relative of those with celiac.  The association between the two lies in the fact that both are linked to either the HLA DQ-2 gene or the HLA DQ-8 gene.  The research has not narrowed down which areas on these genes are responsible for this predisposition. But, the search continues. Once these loci are determined, we can then ascertain triggers and look toward prevention. 

 Another interesting piece in this newsletter was an article written on celiac disease and  school lunch programs. Celiac disease is considered a disability under the American with Disabilities act. Further, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 1997  requires that all students with disabilities be given the same opportunities as other children to receive an education and education-related benefits such as school meals. The article states that as long as there is intensive training and good communications with the food service staff and the parents, children with celiac disease can be provided with nutritious, safe meals in school.

So, I pose a question to anyone/everyone reading this post; would you trust the school to provide a safe meal to your child living with celiac disease? Please vote below. I know how I feel on this subject. However, I am curious about other opinions. I appreciate you taking part in this survey. I will follow this for a week and then post the consensus of opinions.

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