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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 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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When I was a baby (50 years ago) my mother was told I was a celiac. She put me on a fairly strict diet for a short time until a friend of her introduced me to cake. Since that day I was "healed." I have eaten everything I've wanted all my life, have gained weight and am extremely healthy. Without going through extensive testing is there any way I can find out if I am a celiac? Also, I added flax seed to my diet over a year ago. Does this affect celiacs negatively?

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Celiac will NEVER go away. If you had it as a baby--you still have it now and will always have it. Did your mother suspect you were celiac or actually know? If you haven't been on a gluten-free diet, you can easily test for celiac with blood tests. Another option is Enterolab. Even if you feel healthy, though, your intestines are still being destroyed, though...and a majority of celiacs are asymptomatic. Celiac symptoms can come and go, but it's not worth straying from the diet if you have it: unless wheat-filled food is more important than prevention of long-term symptoms, which include, but are by no means limited to malnutrition, cancer, osteoporosis, and type 1 diabetes. If you don't think you have celiac and have been on a normal, gluten-filled diet, make sure: have your doctor run blood tests to make sure.

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Thanks for the info. I'll get it checked out. How 'bout flax seed? Good or bad for a celiac?

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Flax seed is fine.

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Yeah definately get tested for celiac and if you can... try and get your diagnosis records from when you were a baby.

I actually have a friend who was "diagnosed" with celiac disease as a baby and he went through about 60% of his life on a strict gluten-free diet. Just recently, he found out that he was never offically tested as a baby (no blood test or biopsy) the doctors just diagnosed him based on his diet responses to formulas. Anyway, his new GI doc decided to offically test him (since he had been eating gluten) and the GI doc found that he didn't have celiac disease at all! :blink:

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