Is Celiac Disease Hereditary or Not?

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It is a genetic disease, so there is a chance that you’ll pass it on to your children. For a time, researchers thought that breastfeeding could lower a baby’s chance of getting it. But now they’re not so sure. Other studies had shown that a child’s chance of getting celiac disease might be affected by how and when he or she was first given gluten. But that’s been found to be untrue. Celiac disease tends to run in families. If someone in your family has the condition, ask your doctor if you should be tested. Also ask your doctor about testing if you or someone in your family has a risk factor for celiac disease, such as type 1 diabetes. Key word: celiac disease hereditary