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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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I'm 19, been diagnosed for a year now :) Anybody in BC, Canada? I'd really like to meet some Celiacs, I feel so alone..

Hi i'm shelby. I'm 17 and was diagnosed two weeks ago. It's been a hard adjustment and I'm still not feeling that well. Was it like this for you?

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I'm 19 and I live in the Seattle, WA area.. I've been very strict on my gluten free and dairy free diet since I was 14 when I was diagnosed celiac, but I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy when I was 8... I always want to go to the Seattle Meet up for celiacs but I'm kinda afraid it's gonna be all "adults" lol

anybody have problems with boyfriends/girlfriends that don't understand, or think celiac is funny..?

talk to meee (:

Emma

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Hey, I'm 19 and from MA

Oh and RideAllWays, BC, Canada is where it's at...best city in Canada

BC is a province with lots of cities.. :D But yes, it's lovely!

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Names Brandon, im 18 from New Jersey. I was diagnosed 17 years ago. been on Celiac diet my whole life. Its not bad at all to be honest. im actually the healthiest person in my family lol

so you've had it since you were 1?

i love new jerseyy, do you go to bamboozle?

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Hi!

I'm 20, female, live in Kansas.....

I was diagnosed September of last year, there is only one other person in my family with celiac disease, and we aren't close. (2nd cousin...)

I guess that's about it....

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Names Brandon, im 18 from New Jersey. I was diagnosed 17 years ago. been on Celiac diet my whole life. Its not bad at all to be honest. im actually the healthiest person in my family lol

Thats what I tell everyone. I known for 7 years, and since then a ton of my family has found out they have to eat gluten free. My mom now has THE best gluten-free baking business in BC, Canada, so I have it pretty good. But it is getting easier, people are really starting to understand...at least the people that I have met.

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Hi

I am the mom of a 17 year old who diagnosed herself about a month ago after talking to a teacher at her school who had the same problems. My daughter is a competive irish dancer (about 8- 10 hrs practice a week) and has had exercise induced asthma about 10 years and stomach problems all her life. She was told two years ago she definitely had irritable bowel syndrome and to change her diet. Add more fibre they said. She felt somewhat better but couldn't get her exercise induced asthma under control changing from one puffer to another. A top child respirologist had no solution. She would dance in a competition coming off stage doubled over, gasping for air and wanting to throw up. FIVE DAYS without gluten she went in a competition came off stage short of breath because she had worked hard but besides that she was fine. Unbelievable!! She has increased her stamina and doesn't require her puffer nearly as much!

hi iam a dad with a 15 yr old daughter she was diagnosed this past july.what a life changing experiance.she was good for awhile and now is having issues again i think she just got cross contaminated.it took 3 yrs and alot of er visits.we were both at our wits ends.no help from anyone u feel so alone very depressing docs were cluless.there r no support groups for teens in our area so its hard on my baby.support group here is old peeps.she also has asthema, weight gain,stomach pain eye sight lose it goes on and on so i will tell her i found this to see if she can find teens to chat with hope to hear from any and all that can help a dad and his daughter ty

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hi iam a dad with a 15 yr old daughter she was diagnosed this past july.what a life changing experiance.she was good for awhile and now is having issues again i think she just got cross contaminated.it took 3 yrs and alot of er visits.we were both at our wits ends.no help from anyone u feel so alone very depressing docs were cluless.there r no support groups for teens in our area so its hard on my baby.support group here is old peeps.she also has asthema, weight gain,stomach pain eye sight lose it goes on and on so i will tell her i found this to see if she can find teens to chat with hope to hear from any and all that can help a dad and his daughter ty

Hi, I am 17 yrs. old and live in B.C., Canada. If your daughter wants to email me, I would love to talk to her.

I know how it feels, like most of the teens on this site, to be a young Celiac. It really sucks at first, but for me, it got easier. I have been on the diet for 7 years and I still get cross-contamination, I have also found out about a lot more foods that I am sensitive to. Celiac disease is and auto-immune disease, so your body attacks itself, and the first place to get hit, for most people, is the gut. When you eat gluten-free, your gut gets the chance to heal, and sometimes, people like me, discover other foods that they cannot eat. So, the fact that your daughter is still getting sick could be that she is getting some gluten in her diet somewhere, or her gut is in the healing process and is reacting to more foods that her body doesn't like. One way to find out, is to keep a food diary. It is annoying and hard, but it really does help. Get her to write down everything she eats during the day, and how she feels after.

Let her know that she is not alone, and that there are hundreds and hundreds of other teens dealing with the exact same situation as she is.

Good Luck

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hey my name is mikaela and i am almost sixteen too!! i started getting sick when i was eight then after three years of tests i found out i have celiac. i never really liked baked goods so it wasen't very hard to go off gluten. i am getting fed up with having to read all the lables on the packages though. but my friends have been really good and always have something gluten free in the cupboard for me. do you know of a good bread company cuz i am having a hard time finding good gluten-free bread??

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when did you find out you had celiac??

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Hey, I'm 18 and have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance for about 3 years. Once I was diagnosed I tried my best to avoid it but I started eating wheat again 2 summers ago because I was getting sick of my family not making gluten-free meals since i'm the only one in the family intolerant. When I started to eat wheat again i thought things were going well..just kept getting dizzy because my hypoglycemia. Until I noticed I was getting horrible acne in my facial cheek area only. I thought it was just because I was stressed out from college. Then I noticed it started getting really worse when I ate certain foods. I didn't really notice the correlation between my allergies and my body until recently. For the past few months, I have been to the ER numerous times because feelings of lightheadness/passing out, abdominal pain, and other reasons. Finally, I took the initiative to go on a strict diet (avoiding wheat, dairy, eggs, sugar) for about 2 1/2 weeks now and i feel SO MUCH BETTER and my skin is gradually clearing up. It's amazing what food can do to your body. I feel much more energetic, focused, and happier. I think avoiding wheat/gluten is the best thing to do for anyone in my opinion because of all the additives they put in foods these days such as gliadin.

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I'm 19 and I live in the Seattle, WA area.. I've been very strict on my gluten free and dairy free diet since I was 14 when I was diagnosed celiac, but I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy when I was 8... I always want to go to the Seattle Meet up for celiacs but I'm kinda afraid it's gonna be all "adults" lol

anybody have problems with boyfriends/girlfriends that don't understand, or think celiac is funny..?

talk to meee (:

Emma

Hey, my name is Jessica, I'm 18. I also live in the Seattle area. I was diagnosed with 25 food allergies in middle school (wheat, dairy, cheese, eggs, sugar cane...). In middle school, I felt lightheaded on a daily basis. I also was diagnosed with hypoglyceamia. In middle school I avoided all the food allergies. Though, almost 2 years ago(junior year highschool) I had a hard time avoiding it. I thought it was fine eating wheat again but i noticed It has gradually built up to acne/rash residing only in my facial cheek areas, passing out, and severe abdominal pain. I went to the ER numerous times these past three months because of severe reactions of passing out, and abdominal pain. Recently, I have been on a strict gluten free/dairy free diet for the past 2 1/2 weeks and I definately feel better so far. My boyfriend is somewhat understanding of what i'm going through. He said that he honestly hates how i have all these food allergies because it makes it hard for us to go out to eat somewhere.

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I'm 14 -I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago...

I am 15 and was diagnosed just a few months ago...you say you are a Jesus freak! Well, let me tell you, I love Jesus too and I don't think I'd be able to get through this without Him!!!!

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Hey my names kimberlie . I've been a celiac for almost a year now . I live in cali . Contact me :) I need some celiac friends. I know of only one other celiac Wich is my best friends Grammy .

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Hey!! I have Celiac n ive had it 4. . .6 years now i think. . .i was little when i got it so i dont remember so much about it, but lately it's been challenging and i kept being like "SERIOUSLY?!" when my bros got a cookie or treat and i couldnt hav it, but lately its been a lot better. :) i realize that ive had it to long now to hav a reason to be whine. . . ;P

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hey my name is mikaela and i am almost sixteen too!! i started getting sick when i was eight then after three years of tests i found out i have celiac. i never really liked baked goods so it wasen't very hard to go off gluten. i am getting fed up with having to read all the lables on the packages though. but my friends have been really good and always have something gluten free in the cupboard for me. do you know of a good bread company cuz i am having a hard time finding good gluten-free bread??

hey i am the oppistie-i LOVE baked goods!! i have found a lot of good types of muffins, bagels, and bread from a brand named Udi's. I really like it and reccomend u try it!! Hope that helped :D

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Hi, my name is Danielle and I live in Brazil. I was officially diagnosed last week but have been gluten free for about 3 months now. I'm kind of new to all of this and would really appreciate some help. I have accidentally screwed up and eaten gluten a couple of times already and just feel very discouraged at times. Feel free to contact me! I could really use someone to talk to.

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Hi, my name's Julia and I'm almost 15. I was diagnosed right after I turned 3, so I've been on the gluten free diet pretty much all my life. Before diagnosis, I weighed 19 pounds. I was skin and bone with a distended stomach. I was diagnosed at children's hospital in Boston, MA. My mom had to order everything online and even there wasn't much. She made my bread, which everyone here knows doesn't last very long unless frozen and then toasted. As I grew up things got slightly easier. My aunt was diagnosed at age 43 and that was when we knew it was my moms side with the gene. I didn't know anyone my age with celiac. I met one girl at a camp for two weeks but never saw her again. By middle school celiac was much more common. And now, as a freshman in a private high school, I have two friends with gluten intolerance (one has the parents who created and own 'cherrybrook farms' mixes and some cookies), another friend who has celiac and even a teacher with celiac. And this is all at the same school!!!

Now everyone makes mistakes, especially a celiac. My reaction to gluten is much more violent than it used to be as a child. I've taken a bite of a cookie, realized it was wheat, spit it all out, and I've still gotten sick. My most recent slip-up was my mom's mistake. She made french toast and instead of using the canyon cinnamon raisin bread in a clear and purple package, she used the Vermont company bread in a clear and purple package. I had 5 slices, my biggest amount of exposure to gluten since my age three diagnosis. It takes my body about two hours to realize the wheat needs to get out and then throwing up for 2-4 hours. I could never purposely cheat on the diet because of my reaction

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Hi, I'm Kelly. I've been a celiac for about eight years now. I've never had a friend with it, so I was hoping to meet some teens on here that also have Celiac's. (:

My name is Kelly also. Kelly Nolan. I'm from Down Under! I've been coeliac for 13 years and have yet to meet anyone else my age who is 'truly' gluten free. What I mean is: not just a 'fad' dieter (I've met some of these from time to time) but never anyone else on a "TRUE" gluten free diet! :(

I feel so alone, too!

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Hey I'm alex, and I'm from ontario, canada. I'm 20 years old and was diagnosed a few months ago just before my 20th birthday. Its been so hard and I keep accidently eating gluten! Its even more difficult in university when everyone eats out all the time. I too don't know anyone with celiac so nobody I know really understands it. If anyone else is in college too or has any advice that'd be awesome!

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Hey, I'm Sarah. I'm 17 and I'm from Seattle, WA.

I was diagnosed 3 times. Once in 8th grade, once in 10th grade, and about a month ago. When I was younger, a lot of stuff happened and doctors went on and off if I was really allergic or not. One doctor had a heart attack because the test results were so high, a different doctor read the same report and told me I was fine. To say it's been confusing is an understatement....but anyway, now I have been off of gluten for a month and I feel a lot better. I get REALLY bad shoulder pain, my stomach becomes upset, my asthma gets worse, my skin breaks out in rashes.

Anyway, it's nice to know I"m not alone. :)

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i have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease about two weeks ago. its kinda hard to switch at first, but i guess ill get use to it. ive also noticed that im a lot more sensitive when i accidently eat gluten, even though its only been two weeks.

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Hi, I'm 12 almost 13 and I started having problems when I was 5 and like you went to ER, Even the famous Cook Children

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    WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
    Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects around 1% of the population. People with celiac disease suffer an autoimmune reaction when they consume wheat, rye or barley. The immune reaction is triggered by certain proteins in the wheat, rye, or barley, and, left untreated, causes damage to the small, finger-like structures, called villi, that line the gut. The damage occurs as shortening and villous flattening in the lamina propria and crypt regions of the intestines. The damage to these villi then leads to numerous other issues that commonly plague people with untreated celiac disease, including poor nutritional uptake, fatigue, and myriad other problems.
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    Celiac disease is most often uncovered because people experience symptoms that lead them to get tests for antibodies to gluten. If these tests are positive, then the people usually get biopsy confirmation of their celiac disease. Once they adopt a gluten-free diet, they usually see gut healing, and major improvements in their symptoms. 
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    BIOPSY
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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/17/2018 - Could the holy grail of gluten-free food lie in special strains of wheat that lack “bad glutens” that trigger the celiac disease, but include the “good glutens” that make bread and other products chewy, spongey and delicious? Such products would include all of the good things about wheat, but none of the bad things that might trigger celiac disease.
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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 04/16/2018 - A team of researchers recently set out to investigate whether alterations in the developing intestinal microbiota and immune markers precede celiac disease onset in infants with family risk for the disease.
    The research team included Marta Olivares, Alan W. Walker, Amalia Capilla, Alfonso Benítez-Páez, Francesc Palau, Julian Parkhill, Gemma Castillejo, and Yolanda Sanz. They are variously affiliated with the Microbial Ecology, Nutrition and Health Research Unit, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, National Research Council (IATA-CSIC), C/Catedrático Agustín Escardin, Paterna, Valencia, Spain; the Gut Health Group, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK; the Genetics and Molecular Medicine Unit, Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia, National Research Council (IBV-CSIC), Valencia, Spain; the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire UK; the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, IISPV, URV, Tarragona, Spain; the Center for regenerative medicine, Boston university school of medicine, Boston, USA; and the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu and CIBERER, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain
    The team conducted a nested case-control study out as part of a larger prospective cohort study, which included healthy full-term newborns (> 200) with at least one first relative with biopsy-verified celiac disease. The present study includes 10 cases of celiac disease, along with 10 best-matched controls who did not develop the disease after 5-year follow-up.
    The team profiled fecal microbiota, as assessed by high-throughput 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing, along with immune parameters, at 4 and 6 months of age and related to celiac disease onset. The microbiota of infants who remained healthy showed an increase in bacterial diversity over time, especially by increases in microbiota from the Firmicutes families, those who with no increase in bacterial diversity developed celiac disease.
    Infants who subsequently developed celiac disease showed a significant reduction in sIgA levels over time, while those who remained healthy showed increases in TNF-α correlated to Bifidobacterium spp.
    Healthy children in the control group showed a greater relative abundance of Bifidobacterium longum, while children who developed celiac disease showed increased levels of Bifidobacterium breve and Enterococcus spp.
    The data from this study suggest that early changes in gut microbiota in infants with celiac disease risk could influence immune development, and thus increase risk levels for celiac disease. The team is calling for larger studies to confirm their hypothesis.
    Source:
    Microbiome. 2018; 6: 36. Published online 2018 Feb 20. doi: 10.1186/s40168-018-0415-6

    Dr. Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.
    Celiac.com 04/14/2018 - There is a revolutionary new book about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, written by Dr. Gordon Heinrichs, D.C. (whose article appears in this issue). His careers as a medical laboratory technologist, then a chiropractor, have uniquely located him to see gluten's impact on health in an entirely new way. His book critiques relevant scientific explorations and discoveries and the ensuing clinical practices. Titled "Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity: A troubled past, but a promising future", this exciting book is a breath of fresh air in the field of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Dr. Heinrichs' thoughtful analysis of relevant data combined with the application of practical common sense explodes some of the common medical myths that claim to distinguish gluten sensitivity from celiac disease. He also explores conventional wisdom around dietary experimentation, and offers a rational approach to diagnosing gluten sensitivity. 
    The evidence Heinrichs provides raises questions about the view that we should continue to eat gluten until we can visit a gastroenterologist and get a biopsy taken. He also challenges the belief that HLA analysis is beneficial for those who are aware that gluten causes some or all of their health problems. 
    After a preview of the final draft, I can confidently predict that anyone who is interested in thoughtful, objective, and health promoting insights into gluten's impact on human health will be intrigued and motivated by the offerings of this inexpensive, powerful new ebook. I recommend it without reservation. It is very well researched and written and is now available on Amazon. I hope it will become the new best seller among books that explore the gluten syndrome.