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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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Hello,

I have not been officially diagnosed with Celiac. However, my blood tests always come back not statistically significant. In addition, I have a family member who has been diagnosed. I have two family friends who are nurses and I have about 90 percent of the symtoms. I have decided to be proactive and give the gluten free diet a try. I am lost as where to start. If anyone has any ideas of what for me to look for in purchasing food or where to go I would be happy for the suggestions. Thanks so much for your help.

JAS

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The easiest way to go gluten free is to eat natural foods; e.g., meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, rice, eggs, etc. If you feel you MUST have gluten-free bread, the best brands (IMHO) are Against the grain, Udi's, and Rudi's--and all of these can be found in the freezer section of an upscale or health market. The best gluten-free pastas are Tinkiyada and Glutino....and if you'd like to buy "regular" food that is gluten free, here is a link:

http://homepage.mac.com/sholland/celiac/GFfoodlist.pdf

Hope this helps!

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To really give this a good test, I'll give you the advise my gastro gave me......go off glutens and dairy for two months. Gluten and dairy intolerance many times walk hand in hand because of the damage it does to the villa in the intestines. Once damaged you have to repair your system in order to tolerate dairy again.

Read labels, go whole foods, natural, don't cheat. No fast foods, no frozen dinners, no boxed mixes, no marinades, check your canned foods and candy. Two months of this and you will have an answer. If you decide to give up both for a month, introduce only one at first to see if you have any effects.....you should know by the next day. Then go off both to clear your system again and then try the other. Dairy is actually the #1 food intolerance and gluten #2 according to my gastro.

I wish you the best of luck!

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Hello,

I have not been officially diagnosed with Celiac. However, my blood tests always come back not statistically significant. In addition, I have a family member who has been diagnosed. I have two family friends who are nurses and I have about 90 percent of the symtoms. I have decided to be proactive and give the gluten free diet a try. I am lost as where to start. If anyone has any ideas of what for me to look for in purchasing food or where to go I would be happy for the suggestions. Thanks so much for your help.

JAS

Welcome, JAS! I don't know if there is a support group in Frederick but I have heard there is one in Gettysburg, PA, which isn't far from you (don't know how active they are). You might want to call MOM's in Frederick (they're on Buckeystown Pike). I know my doctor's wife shops there and they would probably be knowledgeable as to support groups in the area.

I agree with others that a whole foods diet is the way to go when you first go a gluten-free and to stay away from a lot of processed foods in your diet.

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