Tests for Celiac Disease

So, when you just aren’t feeling right, have been feeling not-so-good for a while, or have a close friend or family member that you suspect has an issue with gluten, what is the next step? While it might be tempting to just go on a gluten-free diet and see what happens, it’s best to get tested for Celiac Disease first. And, here’s why:

  • If you go on a gluten-free diet before being tested, the test will not be accurate.
  • You will have to do a “gluten challenge” for one to three months before being tested.
  • If you are feeling better, it will be very hard to do the “gluten challenge.”
  • The test might still not be accurate.
  • Having an actual diagnosis is more likely to keep you from cheating on a gluten-free diet.
  • Not cheating is imperative if you have Celiac Disease.
  • You can claim gluten-free food on your taxes (check with an accountant, first.)
  • Some schools will only work with a gluten-free diet if you have an actual doctor’s diagnosis. (For school-age children.)
  • Genetic Testing

    Show love, share with the world...If you are going to develop or have developed Celiac Disease, you must have certain genes: either HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8. These are actually the names of molecules on cells that are encoded by the genes, but they are used as the names of the genes being tested for. Celiac Disease […]
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  • Diagnosing Celiac Disease (Blood Tests and Biopsies. Oh, my!)

    Show love, share with the world...Blood Tests: Even though an intestinal biopsy is considered the only way to definitively diagnose Celiac Disease, blood tests are usually performed first to see if a biopsy is necessary. If you have Celiac Disease, your body produces antibodies in reaction to ingesting gluten. The blood tests look for these […]
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