Autoimmune Diseases

Can You Get Celiac Disease From a COVID-19 Infection?

A recent article explores the potential association between COVID-19 infection and the development of celiac disease. The researchers hypothesized that there might be an increased risk of developing celiac disease due to a COVID-19 infection potentially triggering an autoimmune response in genetically predisposed individuals or the COVID-19 infection disrupting the intestinal barrier function, altering the immune response and contributing to the development of celiac disease.

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The Genetic Connection between COVID-19 and Lupus

Studies on COVID-19 reveal that genetic differences between people impact the severity of the disease. Those genetic differences affect the immune response pathways, including those that play a part in autoimmune diseases. That prompted scientists to compare the genetics of severe COVID-19 and autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).

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Those with Autoimmune Conditions Have Higher Long Covid Risk

In a study called “pre-existing conditions associated with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19” published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, researchers investigated which pre-existing conditions increase the risk of a person developing long COVID. They analyzed data from 1224 patients who participated in the COVID-19 study in Arizona called CoVHORT. The statistical analysis showed respiratory, gastrointestinal, and autoimmune conditions associated with the increased risk for long COVID.

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