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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      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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  1. My question is about "gluten free" products on the market. Are they trustworthy? I am newly diagnosed, learning a great deal everyday, but wondering how much I can trust the accuracy of a product labeled gluten free. Things like Bob's Red Mill seem to be something that I can trust... and Amy's meals, but I wonder from those that have experience... can I really trust them? Are gluten free oats really okay? And packages foods labeled gluten free? I would really love some advice. It is important that I am strict gluten free because this disease has affected my kidneys. Thanks!
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    Thank you. That was very helpful.
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    Ginny, Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you have had a long road also. The doctors I have had... well... they seemed to have very little interest in my healing. They simply wanted to medicate me and to maintain my health. I wanted healing. I had to fight and fight, but here I am. I am curious... I have heard others that say they have given up soy and diary as well. I understand from reading that digestion of dairy can be a problem for some. I don't know if it is for me. I was wondering about the soy? Is that something that people are allergic to as well, or is it just better with Celiac to give it up? I am looking forward to getting to know people and go down this road to healing together.
  4. Tell Me What Glutened Me From This List:

    I thought I read somewhere on the site that caramel color can have gluten. I may have read it somewhere elase, but the article was talking about some coca cola products that might not be gluten free because of the caramel color. I am new... just chiming in. I have LOTS to learn, but I wondered about that.
  5. Hi. I thought this might be a place to jump in for my first post. I have been reading for almost a week and was unofficially diagnosed (via colonoscopy) for Celiac Disease on the 20th. My doctor ordered the blood test that day and my follow-up for the results is on Feb 3rd. This past 7 months has been an incredible and frustrating experience. I have been sick for a long time, but they could find nothing wrong. I really didn't know about this disease until this past summer when I was diagnosed with renal failure. In the months to follow I did research on my own and was very certain this was my problem. The doctors didn't take me seriously. Finally, they did the colonoscopy, and sure enough... I stopped all gluten the day of my doctors appointment (after the blood test). Well... I thought I had. I have learned much since. Three of the medicines I had been taking for months had gluten, as did many of my personal care products. I have a severe itchy rash on my legs that has gone undiagnosed for months, but now I also understand what that is. My hair has been falling out for weeks. I have severe anemia and am in the final stage of renal failure. It is my hope that going gluten free will give me back some of my kidney function. The doctors have been scratching their heads for months trying to figure out why my kidneys are shutting down. They have given me a bit of hope that some of the damage can be repaired because it isn't all permanent. So... I am learning. I am changing my lifestyle and I am hoping to heal. I am already starting to feel better. I haven't seem my kidney doctor since the new diagnosis so I am kind of excited to do that. It has been months of questions, searching and confusion... that now is very clear. One of the first threads I saw when I came to this forum (that is burned in my memory) is "What if I ingore this?" Wow... after months of dealing with renal failure and the confusion of the doctors... I can honestly say that to not give credit to this disease as being serious is a big mistake. This disease almost took my life. I am grateful for the information on this site or I might never have found the information and pushed the doctors to test for it. I had almost every single symptom on the list of symtoms and they were trying to diagnose me with several different auto-immune diseases, but they just couldn't pin it down until now, with my help from reading on this site. I guess I have rambled enough for a first post. Looking forward to meeting and getting to know people on the site and learning as much as I can about this disease. ~Debi