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surelyk

How Much Gluten For How Long For Diagnosis?

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Hello - I am in the initial stages of diagnosis.  The allergist tells me that I am allergic to wheat, corn, rice, eggs, apples and oranges; my own diagnosis says that I cannot eat wheat.  I have been eating gluten free for about six weeks and the Dr. has now ordered a blood test to determine my antibody levels; how much/how long do I need to eat gluten to get an accurate result?

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If you know you can't eat wheat then you could consume barley, rye, and spelt to do a Celiac antibody test. A wheat allergy and celiac's disease elicit separate reactions, but can both happen to the same person. (http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-is-the-difference-between-gluten-intolerance-gluten-sensitivity-and-wheat-allergy)

The University of Chicago Celiac Center recommends a gluten challenge (eating a small amount of gluten daily) for 12 weeks for blood testing and 2 weeks for a biopsy. http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/how-much-gluten-should-be-consumed-prior-to-being-screened-for-celiac-disease

 

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