Celiac Disease: Potential Triggers

What causes Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease can be triggered by a number of things. This article discusses some known triggers.


Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease. In order to have Celiac Disease, you must be carrying one or both genes called HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8. However, being a carrier of the genes does not mean you will develop the disease, it just means you have the Potential to develop it.


What Triggers the gene is the question that most baffles people, but the common thread seems to be stress or trauma. Some contributing factors are:

  1. the death of a loved one
  2. Abuse
  3. Bodily trauma such as an accident, illness, disease, condition or operation.
  4. Pregnancy and giving birth
  5. Post Natal Depression
  6. And anything else that could cause huge amounts of stress


We await further research and studies for the many unanswered questions still remaining about this condition.


Once the gene is triggered, the actual damage is caused by the consumption of gluten. It isn’t known why gluten specifically is what causes the body to attack itself. Technically, this also means that if you are a carrier of the genes and are not consuming gluten, the disease will not be triggered.

Good to keep in mind

The important thing to remember is that Celiac Disease is real, but it is controllable.

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