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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. Overweight Celiacs

    Things have been very stressful at my house the past week - and I have been good! No Cheating - although a bagel would taste good right now - Ha! Ha! I have been tracking my food intake and exercise for over a week and I am having to force myself to eat in order to reach 1500 Kcal. I did not really how much I wasn't eating. I got the thyroid books from the library and am convinced that I have problems with hypothyroidism. Now to convince a doctor. The weight continues to go up and down daily - lose 3 pounds, gain 4 pounds, lose 1, gain 2, etc. I hate the yo-yo. I have noticed that my clothes are looser and my husband even asked if I had lost weight because the dress I was wearing looked "too big"! I haven't heard those words in over 15 years. So, thanks again for all the great ideas and support.
  2. My daughter was diagnosed over 16 years ago and for many years we keep her food seperate and used seperate kitchen items to prepare and cook her food. Then when our son went to college and I started getting sick, the whole house went gluten free. My husband would eat gluten when we went out, but all of the meals at home were gluten-free. Then, our son moved back home, and he had his own "stash" of gluten snacks in his room. He has had to adjust to the fact that all meals in our house are gluten-free. Having used several variations of the gluten-free/part gluten-free kitchen, I have to say the 100% gluten-free is easier.
  3. I have been a migraine suffer for years - mostly hormonal triggers [estrogen], then over the past 3 years, anything and everything would trigger one - environmental, food, hormones, etc. I have what's called Basal Artery Migraines that have triggered TIAs and I have also had one mild stroke because of them. Imatrex is out of the question, and after 15 months of Topomax, I ended up in the hospital with heart problems related to an electrolyte imbalance. One side effect of Tomopax is potassium and magnesium depletion - not a good combination with Celiac. My neurologist was the one who recommended the gluten free diet for the migraines, that was in 3/05. I have had only 3 in the last 6 months [most after being glutened]. So - for me the gluten-free diet, along with avoiding caffine, nitrates, smoke, mold, etc. is working. Keep a migraine log and then talk to the doctor about what is working and what isn't.
  4. Overweight Celiacs

    Looking into the thyroid avenue - requested several books on the subject - perks of being a librarian - and started keeping a foo journal over the weekend. My weight has been all over the place lately. Lost 4 pounds one day and gain 3 more the next. One thing that I have noticed if that I am actually eating a lot less that 1500 kCal. So I have been making myself eat the required exchanges and exercising each day. Hopefully that will help jump-start my metabolism. Thanks again!!!
  5. Bagels!!! I use to crave pretzels, but sunce going gluten-free it just BAGELS!
  6. Night Sweats

    At 42 - I am dealing with hot flashes during the day - I have always been hot at night - but never had night sweats. Thought it was hormonal, but I could be wrong... I also avoid soy and can not have HRT - the hormones cause severe migraines. Interesting about the mold thing - we just moved into a new townhouse and our old apartment had a bad mold problem - I have slept alot better since we moved and my sinus infections have cleared up. By teenager on the other hand has had problems with night sweats since she was a baby - I never thought to consider that she had cheated on her gluten-free diet... Something else to keep an eye on... Good luck with everything!
  7. Anyone From Philly

    Karen - LOL!!! I have a 17 year old that was diagnosed in 1989 with celiac disease - she keeps me on my diet!!! But a support group would be nice. I have only been on a gluten-free diet since early 2005. Still hard not to cheat. I miss bagels... Ken - We live in Phoenixville - so it's a trek to Philly. But, it would be worth the effort for a monthly meeting. What's your thoughts about allowing teens to come?
  8. Since my current GP is clueless about Celiac and refuses to believe anything I tell her - I have decided it's time to find one who can help me!!! The GI and Neurologist I have saw were great - but they will not treat the normal everyday stuff or any other conditions related to celiac disease. If anyone knows of a GOOD holistic doctor in the Philadelphia area - I'm listening!
  9. Good Thyroid Site

    Thanks so much for this link! Now I wish I still lived in West Palm... I was on meds for Hypothyroid for 6 months in 1990 and then my GP retired. My next doctor [and every one since then] have insisted on testing for TSH and T4 only and since they were/are normal - no meds! I have only felt really great [and lost weight] for about 5 months in the past 20 years - and I was on thyroid meds. Think that matters to the doctors - NO!! Looking for a new doctor that will listen to my symptoms and not just the test results.
  10. What in my 17 year olds make-up bag: Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Concealer CoverGirl Clean Makeup Oil-Control [liquid] Maybelline Lip Gloss NYC Nail Color Family Hair and Skin Care: Sauve Clarifying Shampoo White Rain Coconut Oil Conditioner Clean & Clear Astringent Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash White Rain Citrus Melon Body Wash I have checked the labels with a magifying glass and think these are gluten-free. Beth's acne and my hair have improved greatly since throwing the other stuff out. Currently looking into eyeshadow, blush, lipstick and hair spray. Thanks for all the great ideas!
  11. It's Me This Time

    Thanks to all the support and information I have gotten from this site. It's been a week and I can finally eat a normal [gluten-free] diet again. I'm back to exercising, too!! Thanks again!
  12. Overweight Celiacs

    Thanks! I will look into T3. Looking for a GOOD doctor anyway - my current GP still believes that the blood work for celiac disease should remain positive after years on a gluten-free diet. Like she knows what she is talking about!!! I really need this site... getting over the emotional stuff about being overweight is a real challenge. My mother had to have gastric bybass surgery 10 years ago [she topped out at over 420] and all the females on my dad's side of the family are 250+!! So genetics are also working against me... I remember being a size 10 in high school [decades ago] and a size 16 right after Beth was born. So I know that it can be done. Exercise - I have just reach the current level and have plans to increasing it as my tolerance increases. I have to be careful about the kind of exercise I do since the strokes and heart problems. Would love to get back to hiking, cycling, and soccor!!! Neurologist told me to dream on... Still, I have overcome alot in the past 3 years and know that this is one battle I will win!!!
  13. Overweight Celiacs

    Sample menu - Breakfast - 1 oz. white cheese [or poached egg] and 4 oz fruit juice Mid-morning - diet soda Lunch - 2 cups lettuce mix with 4 oz chicken or tuna, 1/4 cup fresh fruit, and 1 tsp. fat free dressing Mid-afternoon - low carb protien bar [gluten-free] Dinner - 4-6 oz. fish or chicken [boneless, skinless, and broiled], 1 cup rice, potatoes, or pasta, and 1 cup cooked vegetables. Bedtime - rice cake and 1 Tb. peanut butter 6-8 glasses of water daily Exercise - Walking [1/2 mile] 3x week, swimming [at least 30 minutes] 1-2x week, and weights 1-2x week I have been on a 1200-1500 cal ADA diet for over 16 years. Tried Curves, Atkins, South Beach, etc. - nothing works. My husband has had high cholestrol problems for years - so there is not alot of sweets or fats in our house. I still think it's my thyroid - but all the blood work is normal. Any suggestions?!?!?
  14. Overweight Celiacs

    Just found this post - thanks! I have been fighting my weight issues for more years than I want to admit - my early teens and I now have a teenager! My parents went on the natural, whole food when I was in high school and I developed IBS and gained over 40 pounds in 2 years. After I got married, I lose some of it, only to gain it back with my first child. I started losing again [exercise and ADA diet for hypoglygemia] when Paul was 2. Then I got pregnant with Beth and everything went nuts!!! After she was diagnosed with celiac disease we eleminated alot of gluten from the house and I started losing again. Then I was diagnosed with RA and fibromylgia - IT HURT too much to exercise and all the weight came back - plus some. Medications for both conditions only added to the weight gain and with very little exercise - I topped out at over 260 lbs in less than 4 years. Then heart problems, migranes and TIAs. I was out of work for over 6 months with doctors visits and physical therapy. Need I say more... That was 2 years ago, and 10 months into a gluten-free diet I am still not able to lose the weight. The doctors have tested my thryoid repeatedly and it's always normal. I started exercising [walking, swimming, lifting weights] and still no results. I am tired of being fat and know that if I just hang in there the weight will go away eventually. I lost 11 pounds with the last gluten reaction - but that's no way to lose weight!!! Tell me I can one day wear a size 10 again!
  15. Okay - thanks for all the tips - we will check out Almay, EccoBella, and SmashBox. Where can you find Bare Essentials? I have looked locally and no one carries the brand. Also - what is MAC? I have been using CoverGirl for over 25 years and am a newbie to these other brands. HELP!!!