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How Do You Know If You Have Celiacs?

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I'm 53 and have developed asthma. What started as exercise asthma has become more chronic. I also seem to be getting more frequent upper respiratory infections and am considering a gluten free diet. I have no signs of any gastrointestinal disorders. Any advice would be welcome.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

The only way to know is to have a celiac blood panel drawn. What makes you think it might be celiac?
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

I've read that the majority of celiacs are "silent" and undiagnosed because they don't have the obvious gut problems, so there is a possibility it is celiac.

Like Mushroom said, get the blood work done. Don't do a gluten-free trial first because that will clear the gluten, and the autoantibodies, out of your system so you'll be more likely to have a false negative test. Eat gluten, get the tests done, and then try a gluten-free trial if your tests are negative (in case it's Non-celiac Gluten Intolerance causing problems). The most common tests are:
ttg IgA and ttg IgG
total serum IgA

Good luck.
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