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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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Thank you all for all the help and support so far. Does anyone know how quickly ttg and igA antibodies would decline on a strict gluten free diet?

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This seems like what happened to me. My antibodies were beyond the highest positive. After 4 months, they were still very positive, but reduced greatly. More importantly, I felt much, much better.

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-is-the-half-life-of-antibodies-in-the-blood-serum

"What is the half-life of antibodies in the blood serum?

tTG and DGP typically decline to half their initial value in 3-4 months once on a gluten-free diet, but there are variations between patients."

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There is really no way of predicting this.  It can depend to some extent on how high the antibody levels were and how much damage has been done in the small intestine, and to a great extent on how strict you are with the diet and how sensitive you are to small amounts of gluten.  Doctors will often retest after three and six months, but I think three is much to soon.  For some unluckies their numbers barely budge in a year :(  but if you stick with it and refine your diet, there are really very few cases of people who do not eventually heal although some may not recover all the way as far as the damage is concerned.

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Thank you. Any more stories on how quickly people saw their antibodies decline back to normal levels? Was that associated with the symptoms being resolved?

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