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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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I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month ago and have been on the gluten free diet since, when I spoke to my aunt up north she told me my cousin had been gasey and bloated and wasnt gaining any weight. She decided to have her tested and found out she also has celiac disease. Now all my relatives are getting tested. I have a younger brother and hope he doesnt have celiac disease but if he does it will be nice to know he could lead a healthy life because he caught it early. Have your family do a blood test symptoms or not. :D

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I would like to add a little bit of advice... Don't get discouraged by initial negative results, especially if it runs in your family and you have symptoms. My son was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, but my mother and I have had intestinal issues all our lives, but when I went to get tested, my blood test was negative... However, the doctor said that the blood test had such a high error rate it was almost ridiculous to even perform it without a biopsy, or trying diagnosis by gluten challenge. The problem is that most insurance won't pay for the biopsy unless the blood test has come back positive.

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