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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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What's the deal with leaky gut? How do you know if you have it? Could it be the sole cause of food intolerances? What about bacterial overgrowth? I've been really suspecting it, so I'm getting ready to go get some ProBiotics. If this was actually my problem to begin with, would that mean that I could overcome my intolerances once my gut healed? I know there's alot of questions there. Haha. :)

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This is my unofficial nonmedical expert opinion ... but, from what I have read, doctors who use blood tests to diagnose celiac absolutely depend on your having a 'leaky gut'. ;) Gluten antibodies which cause all those pesky symptoms are created in the small intestine when gluten containing foods arrive there. Those antibodies can only be detected in the blood when they 'leak' from the small intestine into the bloodstream. So some celiacs who have small intestinal symptoms (cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation) may NOT show gluten antibodies in their blood tests while others do. It all depends on how 'leaky' your gut has become over years of damage. Read Ron Hoggan's book "Dangerous Grains" for more info on 'leaky gut' and how that affects food intolerances.

If you have the celiac gene or if you have an autoimmune/antibody reaction gluten intolerance you will NOT overcome that. However, your gut can heal, so that you don't develop other diseases like small intestinal lymphoma.

Maybe someone else who is more experienced or knowledgable about bacteial overgrowth can answer your probiotic question. I take probiotics because I had many years of antibiotic regimens and suspect a 'good bacteria' deficiency.

BURDEE

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I have wondered this same thing. I also wonder about the autoimmune response to gluten because I don't believe that all who have leaky gut experience it... but, I could be wrong. In the event that you have leaky gut, how would you be able to ensure that no gluten proteins are leaking through your intestinal wall? I'm assuming in this case that it would still be of benefit to go gluten free to warranty against gluten effects to other areas of your body. I wish I could offer more help, but I'm wondering the same as you. This is something I will ask my doctor about next month.

Gretchen

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