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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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My two younger cousins just found out that they had celiac disease. They are ages 7 and 10. My aunt and uncle told us that our family should be tested. I am the youngest of my family(19). Is there anyway that we have it. I'm pretty sure none of us have the symptoms, but would it be better to know. I'm just trying to help my mom learn more and to figure stuff out. Thanks a lot!

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Celiac Disease does run in families. Your cousins could have inherited from their mother or fathers side. If they inherited it from the side connected to you then there is a chance you and your family could have it, too. Not everyone has symptoms or shows them right away. Sometimes people show nothing or have a few periods in their life where they are sick but then well. It doesn't hurt to get tested.

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Yes, get tested...it is genetic. You don't have to have any symptoms at all with celiac so you won't be able to tell by that. Better tested to find out now if you have it or not

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As noted, it is genetic. Your chances are not as high as your aunt's or uncle's, but higher than the general population. (I believe second degree relatives are 1 in 44, but I can't quite recall what the odds with third degree relatives are...)

Symptoms need not be obvious, or even particularly present at this point in time. But on the off chance that you do have it, it is much better to find out now before it causes serious medical problems in the future.

Good luck!

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If no one else in your family has celiac other than your cousins, then it will be very hard to know which side of the family the gene is on. I would recommend getting the celiac blood panel and a celiac gene test (to see if you have the gene for celiac).

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