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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

How To Know If I Have Gluten Intolerance?
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I am trying a gluten free diet just to see if it makes a difference in my health. For example if I have more energy.

I have two questions:

1- How do I know if I have any kind of gluten intolerance?

2- How long should I try a gluten free diet to determine if it made any difference?

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First, if you are still consuming gluten ask your Dr. to run a Celiac panel. Once you go off gluten tests won't read accurately. Some people need the official DX to stay on the diet without cheating for the rest of their lives. If your Dr. wants to order an endoscope to look for damage, that must be done while still consuming gluten too.

If blood tests aren't an option for you, for whatever reason, and you want to try the diet, you must be 100% gluten free to get a true idea. Be sure you are not consuming small traces of it. Get a new tooth brush, get rid of wooden spoons, replace your wooden cutting board. If you have non-stick cookware and it has any scratches don't use it.

Eat mostly fresh fruit and veggies, non processed meats, and dairy if you tolerate it well. Rice is OK. Skip fast food. It has a good chance of being contaminated with gluten.

A trial of 3 months should tell you if gluten is your problem. (most of us notice a difference before going that long though.) Then, eat some and see if you get a reaction.

If you do, gluten is a problem food for you.

Be aware, that if you go off gluten and it's what is causing your problems, you will have to remain gluten-free to be/feel healthy. Later, if you want an official DX you would have to start eating gluten again. Almost impossible to tolerate.

Good luck to you..I hope you get your answers.

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I have recently been tested for celiac/gluten intolerance.

A blood test came back with EliA Gliadin IgA at 322.82 and EliA Gliadin IgG at 363.24, what is the normal range? I am told this is high and I am gluen intolerant but how high? Does anyone know what the normal amount is?

Cheers Kaz

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I have recently been tested for celiac/gluten intolerance.

A blood test came back with EliA Gliadin IgA at 322.82 and EliA Gliadin IgG at 363.24, what is the normal range? I am told this is high and I am gluen intolerant but how high? Does anyone know what the normal amount is?

Cheers Kaz

Welcome, Kaz! Does your lab report show a reference range for the above readings? If you don't have a copy of the lab report, you should pick one up and it should indicate those ranges.

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I am trying a gluten free diet just to see if it makes a difference in my health. For example if I have more energy.

I have two questions:

1- How do I know if I have any kind of gluten intolerance?

2- How long should I try a gluten free diet to determine if it made any difference?

Before you go off gluten you need to be tested for celiac disease. Celiac tests do not work after you've been on a gluten-free diet. You know you have any kind of gluten intolerance if you feel better off gluten. Most people with gluten intolerance rather than celiac feel better within a few weeks. Celiac can take months to years depending on how bad the autoimmune damage is.

I have recently been tested for celiac/gluten intolerance.

A blood test came back with EliA Gliadin IgA at 322.82 and EliA Gliadin IgG at 363.24, what is the normal range? I am told this is high and I am gluen intolerant but how high? Does anyone know what the normal amount is?

Cheers Kaz

The normal range should be on the lab slip. It's different between diagnostic labs. The level of antibodies doesn't actually correlate that well to symptoms, so it's more of a yes/no for the antibodies. I take it your doctor is following up with TTG and anti-endomysial tests or were those negative? You need to be fairly aggressive with your doctor to be sure you get proper celiac testing and a biopsy with the positive anti-gliadin antibodies.

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