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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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  1. Wow! Thanks for all the great info!
  2. If I understand it correctly, gluten sensitivity runs on a spectrum from mildly sensitive to full blown celiac. I seem to be able to tolerate a small amount on a daily basis ok, but after a few days of this it hits me. We have a lot of stuff in the freezer that contains gluten-fish and chips, frozen fried chicken, etc. Growing up poor I have a thing about wasting food. We also have family that invite us for Sunday supper, great meals, lots of gluten. I hate to turn down Aunt Maggies apple pie. She doesnt get this gluten thing. I also travel, and lots of times there are no gluten free options, especially on vacation. I don't mean to be disrespectful for those of you with celiac severe gluten ntolerance, but has anyone with ever gone on a once a week gluten splurge? Or had to eat gluten-knowing they would pay for it, but continuing gluten free after things would get better?
  3. Thanks Pinky, will do!
  4. Thanks!
  5. Looking forward to hearing from any and all Canadians, especially in the west and here in Saskatchewan where I live!
  6. I have noticed there are a lot more gluten free options now where I live. My concern is that since I feel I am 'carb intolerant', they will still cause digestive issues and bloating. Anyone?
  7. Anybody else have this and think gluten is the cause? I actually take wellbutrin for it. I hope to get off that. Also quick temper, irritability, and sometimes alcohol cravings. Thanks!
  8. Has anyone found that ditching the gluten helped speed up weight loss, combined with calories restriction and exercise? The info I am finding says that gluten inflames the intestines which can contribute to obesity. Also gluten containing carbs are a problem for some. Thanks!
  9. It took me a long time to finally realise that I am gluten intolerant, thankfully not full blown celiac. I have had digestive issues all my life, and with a family history of colorectal cancer, am quite obsessed. Over the last few years I have gone from gluten intolerant, carbohydrate intoilerant, fat intolerant, IBS, GERD, gastritis, functional dyspepsia. I have symptoms of all. The one symptom in common is abdominal distension, that is worse after eating carbs and fatty foods.. The only thing that ever worked was gluten free, but I could never keep it up. Two weeks ago I woke up sick to my stomach, bloated, and sore all over. The worst I EVER felt in my life (I am 58). The only thing I could think of was the week before I ate a lot of gluten containing carbs. Also had a few drinks and some wings and pizza. Didnt go overboard at all-never do. I decided to try the gluten free thing again and do more research. I discovered that for intolerants, gluten irritates the intestines, resulting in pain and bloating, and causing food malabsorption. Fatty foods, alcohol, and coffee are major irritants and their effects are much worse with gluten inflamed intestines. Voila! I think I found it! Good news is after a few weeks, depending on the amount of damage, and abstaining from problem foods, your intestines can get back to normal. Tell me friends, does this sound about right? Thanks for the help, and God Bless you and yours!
  10. I have always been overweight, although I am not a big eater. I thought I had a slow metabolism or hypothyroid, although it checked out OK. After three months of going gluten free (non celiac gluten sensitivity), suddenly I have the appetite of my teenage son! I Also, my normal intolerance to cold is disappearing, and I am getting occasional hot flashes! Kind of like him-he never wears a coat! I am worried about gaining more weight so I have to keep the calories in check and watch what I eat. Is there a recognised medical reason for this? I dont think I was ever undernourished. Is it possible my metabolism, thanks to my thyroid and other organs healing, is returning to normal?
  11. I have just gone from an awesome week, to feeling crappy. Its like I have a hangover or even the flu, but a voracious appetite. Have I caught the gluten flu-or am having withdrawel symptoms? After four months it seems late to be happenings, but I did have a couple minor accidental glutenings, so have really only been 100% glten free foe a couple weeks now.
  12. Its been almost four months now gluten free. Didnt see much improvement until the third month, then almost overnight I felt so much better. Now, for the last week, I have been having these flu like symptoms, almost like a hangover. Mild headache, nausea, but an INCREASED appetite. Is this gluten withdrawel? If so, is it not kind of late for it too be happening? Mind you, I did have a few minor 'reglutenings' along the way, but last two weeks 100% gluten free. Thanks!
  13. I am so glad I dont have full blown celiac and have to suffer what you people do. Being glutened sucks, but I get over it fairly quickly. Positive things I have noticed in the last few weeks: * Better mental attitude and no more fuzzy thinking * No more sore joints * No more cravings *No more digestive problems *Best thing is am loosing weight! God Bless you all, its so good to have friends!
  14. I was mostly symptom free after three months no gluten. I believe it takes that long for the gluten anti-bodies to leave your system? I have been reglutened twice since then, and all the symptoms returned with a vengeance, but after a few days they resolved. I am no expert, but I think the longer you are off gluten, if you are reglutened it hits you harder because you have less antibodies. If someone could set me straight it would be appreciated.
  15. Has anybody noticed that gluten affected the function of their thyroid gland, resulting in a slowed metabolism and weight gain or inability to lose weight, and/or their pancreas, affecting insulin levels, which also make it hard to lose weight? If so, were these glands able to recover and get back to normal after being gluten free, and how long did this take? Thanks