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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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Anyone Celiac And No One Else?

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Hey, I just thought of something...

Is anyone else here a Celiac with NO ONE else in their family ever having been???

We are looking back on both sides of the family and NEVER any digestive problems or cancers of ANY kind on either side. Wierd!

Isn't Celiac genetic/hereditary??? How do you get it otherwise?

donna

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Same here Donna. However, from what I have read, Celiac Disease RECOGNITION is on the rise. Its possible that people in your family have had some of the symptoms, but never sought help from it.

Also the incidence is 1/20 for brother/sister/parents, but 1/40 for aunt/uncle/grandparent. Because of this, you may be the only one (like me) who "got lucky"!

Eileen

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No one else in my family is aware of having celiac. Since there are SO MANY silent celiacs, it could be that someone has it, but doesn't know it, or that it's a recent "addition" to your family's genetic makeup.

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Guest Evelyn&Ric

My husband Ric who is half Greek, and became gluten intolerant in his 50s. No one in is family that we know of has Celiac. We think it may have been triggered by over use of antibiotics. He was seeing a dermatologist for many years who kept switching his meds. After getting no results from doctors, I found this web site and he tried a gluten-free diet with great results. This acne also cleared up! Thank you Celiac.com and all it's supportive members.

Evelyn

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My 19 year old sister just started the diet and she says she never knew how sick she felt uuntil after starting the diet and feeeling SO much better. You could always have people in your family tested or just have them start the diet and see what happens if you are really curious.

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My parents and brother have been tested -- and don't have it. Nobody in my family is known to have it or has symptoms like it except for me. However, my grandmother on my mother's side...who came from Switzerland has osteoporosis (a long-term symptom) and has always been REALLY thin...thinner than I ever was. I think she has it, but don't know for sure. Anyway, it's not worth getting tested when you're already 80 years old...you can't turn around osteoporosis, scoliosis, thinness, and all the other things once they've progressed so far....techinically nobody in my family has it, but both grandparents on my mother's side are European (Swiss and Swedish), so it makes sense I would have it. I personally believe that my grandmother has it, but based upon solid testing, nobody in my family has it.

No one else in my family is aware of having celiac. Since there are SO MANY silent celiacs, it could be that someone has it, but doesn't know it, or that it's a recent "addition" to your family's genetic makeup.

I concur with Tarnalberry...my parents don't have it, my brother doesn't have it, and the only one who possibly has celiac disease in my family is my grandmother. Perhaps an older relative had SILENT celiac disease...after all, back in the day they didn't test for it...or even know about it (did they?).

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