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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? - 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 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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this thread is a bit old, but i thought id throw in my 2 cents for the heck of it.

Im currently 18, ive been gluten-free for nearly 3 years. it was rough at first, but my friends were pretty supportive, even though they forget sometimes to this day. i have had people mess with me jokingly, but going through most of my high school career without wheat has openned some peoples eyes. Maybe people in my hs didnt really pay much mind. Then again i am quiet and 6"3', so maybe i was a little scary to those that didnt get to know me. then again i never had drama with anyone either, with the whole not talking much thing.

Either way, i know how you feel. I have even sat in pizza hut numerous times just to spend time with my friends, and my friends have eaten pizza in front of me too many times to count, not maliciously of course its just that they dont understand. And i forgive them for that because im their friends and they're mine. :)

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You guys are very fortunate to know you have celiac disease at 17. I didn't find out until I was 36. Basically this disease caused me to waste the first 36 years of my life. High school was the worst 3 years of my life. Even at 37 there are people who will try to tempt me into eating gluten laden foods. Keep taking care of yourselves, its worth it in the long run.

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I am 18 years old. I was diagnosed when I was in grade 7, but was in denial about through most of highschool, and even some now. I try and stick to the diet, but sometime I just slip up and cheat.. especially if there is Pizzs or lassania in the house.

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I bet you've heard this before, but you can't do that to your body! :o Being partially gluten-free is no good--you need to be 100% gluten-free 100% of the time for your body to heal--and if you're not, there's a severely elevated chance of osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes, and cancers, as well as a severe decline in estimated life expectancy. Yea, it's a pain in the neck at first and it does require you to think about eating in a new way, but it gets easier after awhile and it's for the good of your body. Even if you don't feel anything when you eat gluten, your intestines are still being destroyed. I don't know if this will have an effect--probably won't--but at least I tried :rolleyes:

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hey! my name is jess and im sixteen, i was diagnosed two years ago and i think im doin okay with this...there definitly are some times when i feel like poop because of celiac disease but i came to realize that i do feel much better on the diet...but the low times, they can be really low...like when i go to a party and wanna drink and cant because of the things they have there or sometime when a friend makes a comment as a joke...but it hurts...i understand what your going through cuz im feeling it myself...my sn is sweetiegrl109@aol.com...send me a message!!!

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hey! my name is jess and im sixteen, i was diagnosed two years ago and i think im doin okay with this...there definitly are some times when i feel like poop because of celiac disease but i came to realize that i do feel much better on the diet...but the low times, they can be really low...like when i go to a party and wanna drink and cant because of the things they have there or sometime when a friend makes a comment as a joke...but it hurts...i understand what your going through cuz im feeling it myself...my sn is sweetiegrl109@aol.com...send me a message!!!

xoxo

-jess-

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What you can do is just bring your own drink along. Nobody will care. I have had to bring my drinks pretty much everywhere I go and people don't even ask questions. They don't need an explanation to why you brought it along either.

However, if you are talking alcoholic beverages then its probably a good thing you can't have the drinks they have there.

You don't cheat on the diet do you? That can cause those days you are talking about of just not feeling well.

I know some people can really get to you with the comments they make as jokes...it bothered me for a while but doesn't anymore. If someone says something then you can ignore it or come back with a joke back on them.

It also used to bother me to sit with people while they ate my pre gluten-free favorite foods...now I don't even crave it so they are welcome to all the crap food they want and if its in front of me it's cool.

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