A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop celiac disease with or without the risk factors listed below. However the more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of celiac disease. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

Celiac disease is more common in women. It is also more common among people of northern European descent. Other factors that may increase the chance of celiac disease include:

  • Family history—Celiac disease is more common in those who have a family history. This is especially true if the relative is a parent or sibling.
  • Genetics—Specific genes are associated with autoimmune diseases. Having them increases the risk of celiac disease.
  • Medical conditions that increase risk of celiac disease include:

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 02/09/2018 -