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Gluten-Free Ingredients & Food Labeling Issues
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Discussions regarding which ingredients are safe and which are not, and food labeling issues.

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    • Yes, bone density problems are all part of the celiac "umbrella" so to speak and yes, osteoporosis tends to happen more rapidly and at earlier ages than normal when malabsorption is happening. At age 43, it's not normal to have osteoporosis as you describe so that's another part of the jigsaw puzzle. Time to receive blood test results back from the doc are entirely dependent on the particular lab they were sent to. Yep, it's time for you to start keeping a very close check on the PSA in light of your father having had prostrate cancer. I would think you should get a PSA every year. I really would have liked to see him do a urinalysis. With the prostrate cancer your father had, it would seem a close watch should be kept on you for bladder cancer as well. The first symptom of that is blood in the urine but it's generally microscopic before you're ever able to actually see it. That happens to be the 8th most common cancer in men & it's moving up in the rankings. I know this because my hubs had it. The good news is that it's also one of the easiest and most successfully treated provided it's caught early. Certainly starting @ age 50, men should see a urologist every year. BTW, in the last year before I found out I was celiac, I turned up with microscopic blood in my urine. I got it checked out thoroughly since I know about bladder cancer & all tests, ultrasounds, cystoscopy, CT scan etc... turned out fine. The docs were stumped & finally said, "apparently that's just what your body does". Guess what? That's not "just" what MY body does. Once I went gluten-free, I have had no more microscopic blood in my urine. Interesting eh? Before now I didn't realize you are in Canada. The doc didn't do the full celiac panel but I understand the initial screening protocols in Canada only order the TTG but if that comes back negative be sure & press for the full panel as cyclinglady said. We have several here who tested like cyclinglady so it's not a rare thing, it's just not the norm. I'm glad he's doing the B-12 & Ferritin -- those can be big clues.
    • dp ronan, I just want to stipulate that this kind of comment can mess people up with their testing. It sounds like you're saying the op should go gluten free if the blood tests come back elevated. That is not true because an endoscopy should follow and gluten has to continue to be consumed right up until the endoscopy or it will skew that. 
    • Thank you. Ok yes I will do that for sure if the test is negative. I have read that you are not alone; that this has happened to other people too.
    • I'm not too sure if I have a malabsorption problem or not.  I have brown floating stools.  Not pale or greasy.
    • He is checking you for several things.  That is great news.  If he strongly suspects celiac disease (and the TTG igA test is negative), please ask for the complete panel which can include the DGP and EMA tests.  Why?  I personally test negative on the TTG.     The TTG is a good screening test because it catches most and is the most cost effective test, but it is not perfect.  
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