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What Other Labs Should We Be Checking?

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My children were diagnosed in March, but only ever had the "celiac panel" done.  Should we be checking other labs?  I've gathered a few things like vitamin D and thyroid stuff... what should I make sure is checked for the follow up appointment coming up soon?

 

Thanks!


Mom to 2 young kids with celiac, diagnosed March 2015

*Gluten free household

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The usual things to check is bone density, anemia, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, cupper, ferritin, B12, iron, D, A,  and... I think I'm forgetting something. Hmm.  Also, keep an eye out for signs of hypothyroism/hashimoto's and type 1 diabetes; both of those are the most common co-occurring autoimmune diseases.  

 

If you retest the labs, wait at LEAST 6 months.  Some people's labs start coming down nicely within the first few months but many of us take months, and even a year or two, to stop making autoantibodies.  The best test to use to check for dietay compliance is the deaminated gliadinpeptides (DGP) tests.  The tissue transglutaminase tests (tTG) are just good for seeing if the immune system has calmed down yet - this one is the slowest to change.

 

Also, make sure the parents (you) are checked every 2 years for the disease.  Just in case. :)  Best wishes.


Nicole 

"Acceptance is the key to happiness."

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Celiac - June, 2012

Hypothyroid - August, 2012

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