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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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Guest BellyTimber

(Apologies if it's been covered earlier -- haven't discovered all the back pages yet)

Anyone using the forum pursued a gluten-free lifestyle for 50 yrs like Rose Kennedy?



Me, about 2 and a quarter but with lots of bungling as I'm dyspraxic - and yes I'm hoping an occupational therapist will advise me how to reorganise my kitchen so I can do the baking & other food preparation better.

(Friends are too shy or uncomprehending to get involved in any of that)

In my old flat which was four times the size I had a good system going but I couldn't "generalise" the skill when I had to move. (Also spent time coughing up blood over that transition)

Anyone that thinks this enquiry is out of order - please say.

Best of wishes all


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Guest Viola

I've been gluten free since 1989. Although I'm the only one in the household, my husband is not gluten free except in cases where a meal is normally so, such as potatoes, vegies and a non coated meat. Which means of course that I make two meals most of the time.

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i have been gluten-free since july of 2001---my sister is celiac and now my father has been gluten-free since nov and he will be 70 next month--my sis is 46 and i am 49---we probably all have been celiac since young---my sis and i have always had problems and no diagnosis---my dad has always had stomach problems--i remember him taking little pink stomach pills for years and years--lots of us have been celiac for years and just not known it---ya know michael, you can ask anything you want in here, no one has to answer anything they dont want too--otay--deb

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I've only been gluten-free 8 months, but my sister has been for roughly 25 years and her son was diagnosed as an infant and he's now 36. That was tough, back then, there was so little info and help available. We've got it good now. :D

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Guest BellyTimber

"Hats off" to Viola, and to Mopsie's sister.

It's so good to get the longer view and realise there is a positive life once we're further through this dark confusing phase.

At the same time it's been so heartening reading posts of people who are still at or near the beginning like me, it shows I am far from alone.

Keep the replies rolling anyone that is so inspired to do...

Thanks so much


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I've been gluten free for a long time. I'm 60 years old and have had symptoms of Celiac since the age of 8, however, there was no way to know back then that the reason for my wheezing and asthma was due to what I was eating. That revelation only came by way of visiting numerous doctors and specialists, being hospitalized so many times, spending all of my funds on doctors, treatments, and medicine, pretty much to no avail. Only when I decided to go my own route, which meant eliminating certain foods from my diet (this was in the 70s), did I finally find some relief. I stopped eating all grains, all milk and dairy products, and finally egg whites and yeast. My early warning system (asthma) would notify me within 15 minutes if I had eaten gluten or dairy, and then I would have to deal with the consequences. In the beginning I would go back to those foods once I was feeling better, only to go through the same routine again, until I eventually learned not to cheat, and NEVER to eat the offending foods. Here's how I know that I love myself not to eat those foods--I spent 6 months recently working two jobs, one in an ice cream parlor and one in a bakery. It was great to be able to see those foods as poison for me, and to share about celiac to some of the people who really didn't know much about the disease. Good luck with your journey in this new land. I know you will feel better when you get organized and when you follow a strict but delicious gluten free diet! Best wishes, Welda

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