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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Negative For Celiac, Positive For Genetic Markers
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Hello

I am new to this site.

My brother was diagnosed with celiac disease in October of 2009.

I tested negative for celiac, but postive for the genetic markers.

I am deciding whether or not to embrace the celiac life style.

Any advice??

MGMG

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Tough decision.

Your gene could be active and silent, active later in life, or never at all. I am not sure of your sex but you can pass it down to your children and not exposing them to gluten for the first year of their life, greatly helps the chance of activation.

A gluten free diet is tedious, expensive, and inconvenient, I do not wish it upon anyone, and NO one goes into it lightly. In my opinion, it is hard to follow if you don't have symptom, the symptoms are what keep you from cheating ;) It would be great to support your brother and understand his needs even if you choose not to follow the diet for yourself:)

Do you have any symptoms or medical problems?

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I saw a talk by Dr. Markku M

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If your having symptoms then yes do give the diet a shot.

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Thank you for your quick response.

I am able to tolerate gluten-containing products. The only symptom I present with is abdominal bloating at times.I have tried to embrace the gluten-free diet and after a few days I have significantly less abdominal bloating. I also lost a few pounds while following the gluten-free diet!! It is extremely difficult to follow when eating in restaurants.

MGMG

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Thank you for your quick response.

I am able to tolerate gluten-containing products. The only symptom I present with is abdominal bloating at times.I have tried to embrace the gluten-free diet and after a few days I have significantly less abdominal bloating. I also lost a few pounds while following the gluten-free diet!! It is extremely difficult to follow when eating in restaurants.

MGMG

Certainly sounds like your body is reacting to the gluten. Since its normally a constant chronic exposure in a regular diet it can be hard to tell just all of what changes the gluten is causing in your body. I'm at the 2.5 month mark now and weekly notice a new thing that apparently was abnormal in me because it's now fixed but before I didn't even realize that it wasn't supposed to be that way (this week's discovery, not everyone has dermatographism and now neither do I!). You may be tolerating gluten less than you think. The bloating thing is definitely easy to notice however, one of the first changes that happened with me upon going gluten-free was losing 10 pounds and going down 2" in waist size.

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