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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.

How Gluten Free Has Affected Your Life

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Hey people,

so I wanted to ask everyone what their journey with gluten-free has been like. Personally, I have been gluten-free since the age of 6 (1999, when celiac hadn't gone mainstream yet), due to a wheat allergy, so I've pretty much lived my whole life with it, and it's not really that big of a deal. My friends understand what I can and can't eat (most of the time) and I've become good at creating my own meals (since pre-made gluten-free can be EXPENSIVE). I'm in college, but I live at home. That comes with its own set of problems, right?  ;)   So, basically I'm wondering, 


1. Are you G sensitive, or Celiac?

2. What's your gluten-free story, has it been frustrating, easy, expensive, scary, funny...?

3. Do you think that being gluten-free make you unique, does it define you as an individual?

4. What do you think needs to happen in the gluten-free and non-gluten-free communities/industries to help us all out?


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1) I am a self-diagnosed celiac based on family history and response to the diet.


2) It was frustrating and downright heartbreaking at first. Now that I've adjusted, it's a piece of (gluten-free) cake! :)


3) Being gluten-free is no different to me than having blue eyes or being tall. It doesn't define me, it's just part of living that I only think of when contemplating eating out.


4) Being that I live in a tiny and rather isolated town, my wish is that there were more gluten-free options locally. My local health food store carries some decent breads and some gluten-free sausages, pizza (Against the Grain - YUM!!) and a few desserts. The trouble is, a lot of the gluten-free foods contain soy or corn, both of which I am also intolerant to. If Against the Grain can make such delicious foods in a gluten-free, corn-free and soy-free facility, why don't others? Also, it is really hard to find vitamins and supplements that are free of all three.


It would be nice if more restaurants had truly gluten-free menus and educated their staffs on CC. But I'm not holding my breath. <_<


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