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It is and it isn't. If you really do then you are going to make some lifestyle changes and they will be for the better. You did not list any symptoms that led your DR to believe you have celiac. For me I was forced to live a much healthier lifestyle and my life is drastically better now than it was over a year ago. This disease is not the end of the world and not as difficult to maintain as it first appears. We need more info about why the doctor suspects celiac. It is very rare to even find a doctor that even knows what it is.

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Sounds like you got lucky and found a good doctor. All of the problems you listed are related to celiac. Read everything on this website to learn all you can. Ask as many questions as you can think of. We are here to help. This is the first step to a MUCH better life.

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You're correct.....cancer is often associated with intestinal cancer. Your doctor is entirely wrong to think that there is no connection, cause there's a very strong one. I'm not sure the exact statistic, but your chances are greatly increased if you're a celiac not adhering to the gluten-free diet.

Welcome to the board :D

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Its a good thing they found this now. If you do not follow the diet you will be at increased risks but not if you adhere to the diet. Also you mentioned your dad was diabetic? That also is linked with celiac. The only thing you really need to be concerned about is following the diet...this site is great for support and info. Good luck :D

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Just before I went gluten-free I was on the verge of full blown type II diabetes. Now there is no diabetes anywhere in sight for me. Diabetes, lactose intolerance and intestinal cancer are all signs of celiac. Since celiac is a genetic disease it is a good bet your dad had it too. Following the diet is not hard and is actually fun. I now eat foods that I would never have tried otherwise. Buckwheat has become a real favorite.

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oh Ianm, I think great minds think alike! I have been sick the last couple of months with something other than celiac, but I had your signature going through my head yesterday at work and then saw it on your post today. Made me smile.

Michaelene: I think you need to get a new doctor, some of them just don't know much about it. I remember when the GI doctor told me, his exact words were "you will know more about it in a year than I ever will" I was like what? That was the end of it, I was on my own with a GP that does not have another patient with it. So, for the most part I am on my own. Watch your labels and you will learn a lot on the board here.

:D Welcome

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I know exactlly how you feel when my son was diagnosed i had never even heared of celiac disease and just hearing the word disease was enough to put any one over the edge. I was totally in over my head but not only that I had to look like I knew what I was doing for my sons sake and also make it look like there was nothing to it and every thing was fine. I didn't even know where to start and over 5 years later I am still learning but then so is my son, I am lucky that he was so young I suppose because he knows no different. We had 1 appointment at the hospital and we have never seen a dietician even to this day. But I will say this thank god for this sight and the lovley people on it after struggling on my own for so long at last there are people who understand and know what your talking about... now your on this sight you won't go wrong

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