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About elizmuller

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  1. This is my first reply ever to a message board! But I think this is a really important topic... My daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease last year at age 4 b/c she had quite a few obvious celiac symptoms. Just for kicks, we tested the rest of the family. To our surprise, our 3 yr old who has NO symptoms came up very positive, had the endoscopy, and definitely had intestinal damage already. Our gastroenterologist thinks that b/c a lot of these autoimmune diseases overlap, it's possible we dodged a bullet and saved BOTH our girls from getting other things like diabetes, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis. That's just a theory that's floating around... But regardless of what teenagers would want to eat, proven possible consequences of untreated celiac disease like anemia, osteoperosis, increased cancer risk, infertility, (and possibly increased chance of other autoimmune diseases) should be prevented if possible, and a simple bloodtest might do that for them. I'd DEFINITELY get them tested! Especially since you're asymptomatic yourself. By the way, neither of us parents have it, nor any extended family members so far! It's a mystery how our girls have it, but they certainly do and our youngest has her big sister to thank for getting it caught so quickly. Good luck convincing them! -Elizabeth