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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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I'M THE PARENT OF A 22 YR. OLD WHO WAS DIAGNOSED 9 MONTHS AGO W/CELIAC AND IT WAS RECOMMENDED I HAVE A BLOOD TEST DONE. I DON'T KNOW IF HAVING A 19 H FOR GLIADIN ANTIBODY (IGA) IS WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE. CAN SOMEONE LET ME KNOW BEFORE I HAVE TO CALL DR.'S OFFICE. THANKS.

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The normal range for the IgA is less than 18....at 19, you're....iffy about having celiac. You're right outside the normal range--and may or may not have it. But you're correct--you should be tested if anyone in your family has celiac disease. Has your doctor run any other tests? Having a positive AGA IgA makes you less likely to have celiac disease, provided that the EMA IgA and the AGA IgG are negative...has your doctor run either of those other tests? Otherwise, you don't really know whether you have it or not. Positive/negative results for the other tests could give us a better idea.

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Thank you celiac3270 for the info. My IGG was 7, which is in the normal range. I don't have any symptoms but my daughter is having a follow up visit w/her gastro dr. next month and I'll ask for his opinion. Thanks again.

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I was happy to see that I am not the only one with questions about these tests!!! I posted yesterday with questions and although I still don't have answers about these tests, I am soooooooooooooo thankful for the sweet responses that I received! I was already eating pretty much gluten free before my tests (didn't know I needed to be eating gluten!) Anyway, My #'s are IgA 14 - IgG 41 - and another one that was 2. All my doctor said was that he believed I had celiac disease. Not anything about the #'s As I said in the other posting, my daughter is arguing about that diagnosis! Can anyone help me? I am eating gluten-free and feel so much better than I have EVER felt in my life, so I will stay gluten-free!

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I have found that even though I do not have celiac disease I am following the diet pretty much with my son. I have lost weight. BECAUSE.... if you are eating gluten-free you are probably not eating alot of processed foods, which is healthier for everyone. Also, you are probably not eating as much "white stuff" which is sugar, flour, and starch, (as in cookies, cakes, etc.) which is not good for anyone.

Keep doing it if it feels good. The only bad thing about it is, if you normally get your fiber from whole grain bread and cereal, you may have to increase your fiber intake somewhere else.

GOOD LUCK.

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