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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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For those of you with osteoporosis, has anyone experienced dramatic improvement with a gluten free diet?

I have probably had celiac at least 12 years before diagnosis and a year and a half after diagnosis. My bone mass density has gone from -4 to -3 in that time and I am hoping to improve it some more. Has anyone experienced a return to normal bone density? What can I expect?

Thanks,

Betty

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I have osteopenia, not yet osteoporosis. Since going gluten-free, the numbers have not gotten worse and now have begun to gradually move in the right direction. Apparently it is a long process but being gluten-free keeps any further damage from being a given fact. Here is what I was told to do:

Completely separate dairy from any meat meal by at least two hours to keep from blocking absorption of the calcium. Limit intake of caffiene or cocoa with dairy. Regularly eat foods high in calcium since that is the most absorbable form. Supplement with calcium that contains both vitamin D and magnesium.

So far, it has worked. I hope to one day get out of this higher risk category.

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