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Member Since 02 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 25 2013 05:05 AM

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Testing Question

24 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

My DS's doctor wants to test him for Celiac even though I took him off gluten 2 years ago.  His test 2 years ago was negative (blood and biopsy) but I took him off gluten anyway because it reduced his number of diapers per day from 8 down to 1 or 2.


I told the doctor that he doesn't eat gluten and that I didn't think a blood test for Tissue Antigliadin Antibody would show anything for that reason.  She insists it will and that the biopsy is the only test that requires the patient be eating gluten at the time.  Am I wrong?  I thought one had to be consuming gluten for the blood test to show a reaction.


Thanks in advance for any insight.  I'm keeping him off gluten regardless, but I'm curious as to who's right regarding this testing business.  

Silly Question Re: Turkey

02 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

I'm still suffering after turkey dinner on Easter.  My in-laws stuffed the turkey (with gluten of course) and I took a risk and ate some that my husband carved off the top with a clean knife.  Bad idea right?  The gluten would be in the juices?  If they basted it, for sure the top would be covered in gluten.  If it wasn't basted, it could still seep through right?

Back Again - Low Iron, Elevated Sugar, And Uti ?

16 January 2013 - 02:32 PM

Hi everyone,

I haven't been here in a while because things have been going so well for DD7 and myself. We've been gluten-free for 2 years.

Recently, her routine bloodwork showed low iron (5) and slightly elevated sugar (7.2). I was told to put her on an iron supplement (300mg/day) and not worry about diabetes, but that her blood sugar will be checked again in a month.

The other concern is that she has recurrent UTIs (once a month, sometimes back to back/not clearing up). Scans have ruled out valve problems and any other scary concerns.

So, my questions are:

1. Why is her iron low when she has been taking a multivitamin with iron daily for 2 years? She isn't eating as much iron-rich food as I would like her to, but would that drop her iron to 5 even with the multi?

2. Is there a connection between iron and blood sugar?

3. I'm aware of the celiac-diabetes link, but is 7.2 a number to be concerned about?

4. Any thoughts on the UTI situation?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

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