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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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I have celiac disease (diagnosed in March) but no observable symptoms except via blood tests. I can eat anything with no discomfort whatsoever. Since going gluten-free, my blood counts are back to normal after being anemic. While I'm going gluten-free, I've not been too worried about cross contamination since my health has been normalized. I have a friend with celiac disease who suffers a lot even from traces of gluten. Can anyone tell me if I need to worry about cross contamination when my health is good. It seems that my body can simply tolerate more gluten (via possible cross contamination) than my friend's. Am I unknowingly damaging my system even though there are no signs to indicate any problems?

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Hello,

Well, I'm not an expert but I'm sure everyone will agree that even though you don't show any symptoms, even trace ammounts of gluten in your diet can and will cause damage to your intestines. The fact that you don't really show symptoms doesn't mean a whole lot...some people have celiac disease and NEVER show symptoms, but their biopsy results later show that their intestines are indeed damaged. Your best bet is to be as safe as possible to prevent cross-contamination all of the time, even when you are in 'Good Health'. Hope this helps you out! :lol:

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You're doing damage whether you feel it or not......trace amounts affect everyone, it's just some will show visible symptoms (getting sick) and others won't.....you still have to be concerned with cross-contamination

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I think that this is a very good question.

I react to the smallest traces of gluten and I will be sick for at least a day.

My concern is also about cross contamination for example,

Some flavors of lays chips are gluten free but there is a risk of cross contamination. If I eat the gluten free lays chips I get sick from the cross contamination, but if someone else with celiac disease also eats the same chips and doesn't get a reaction does that mean that they get damage to the intestines even though they didn't get a reaction?

So the question is,

If some celiacs are reacting to the "gluten free" lays chips does that mean that every celiac that eats them is getting intestinal damage by eating them?

- Carrie

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Thanks for your replies...RDV

I'm still wondering if there are varying degrees of damage done to a persons system depending on how severe the gluten intolerance a person has. My blood tests show that I've recovered from the anemia my celiac disease caused. But I know I've eaten foods that look from their labels to be gluten-free only to find out that my friend who has severe reactions has found from experience and from the manufacturers that they are likely cross contaminated. Could it be that my system simply is tolerant to trace quantities while intolerant to larger amounts?

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You either have it or don't, there are just sometimes in your life whhen you don't get symptomss.

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