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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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Hello Everyone~

I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue on March 26th--- I'm still numb and shock. I'm 49 years old and my world is has been flipped upside down so to speak. A biopsy confirmed the disease, I've already lost 4 lbs this week. I think my body is going into shock. Not much to say just looking for some support and understanding... this is too difficult. I'm depressed and frustrated knowing this is not a temporary situation this is for the rest of my life.

Thank You. :)

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Oh I know...I really do.

I was diagnosed in Feb. It is a shock. I also learned I had Hashimoto's thyroid so I am still reeling too. Let me just say that the BEST thing that happened to you is to kind the wonderful, generous people on this forum.

I hope you fi d it a great help to you too. Hang in there. You are not alone.

Just curious if your labs showed celiac before you had the biopsy.

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Hello Everyone~

I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue on March 26th--- I'm still numb and shock. I'm 49 years old and my world is has been flipped upside down so to speak. A biopsy confirmed the disease, I've already lost 4 lbs this week. I think my body is going into shock. Not much to say just looking for some support and understanding... this is too difficult. I'm depressed and frustrated knowing this is not a temporary situation this is for the rest of my life.

Thank You. :)

Hello..and welcome!

Most of us go through mixed emotions when DXed. It's good to know there's a reason for your symptoms, and that you can put it into remission. However, the reality that this is a diet change for life is pretty overwhelming at first?

Your brain and body will go through a withdrawl at first which makes your emotions go up and down too. Your first trips to the grocery store may be depressing. It sure was for me!

Focus on what you CAN have, not what you can't.

Shop the outer perameter of the store. That's where the good fruits and veggies, unprocessed meats, fish, eggs, and dairy are. Nuts are a great snack item.

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Hi,

I sure know what you are talking about. It's a surprise to find to your body has permanently changed. One nice thing about celiac though is it is one condition where how you choose to live can make a huge positive difference in your health. You can learn to eat very healthily with a gluten free diet. It's just that what is healthy for us to eat doesn't include all the things that are healthy for other people. There are an awful lot of foods we can eat that are naturally gluten-free. You can find lots of ideas in the recipe section, or by searching for snacks or lunch or dinner ideas.

It can take some time to adjust and learn all the things to avoid. But the sooner you can maintain a totally gluten-free diet the sooner you will recover. One thing that can make it simpler is to avoid processed foods and stick with whole foods that you cook from scratch. A simple diet is easier to understand and there are fewer foods to be concerned about. Also the labels on whole foods are pretty short and don't take a lot of time to read. Things like whole fruit, plain meats with no glazes or breading, whole vegetables etc are good choices.

There is an FAQ at the top of each forums that has some good info.

Yes, celiac is forever, but there are many people on this forum who have had great improvements in their health and symptoms after going gluten-free. It's kind of like diabetes, if you control your diet you can do well. That's easier after doing it a while, just like anything is easier after doing it repeatedly. And we have all or are all going through the same changes so feel free to ask questions and vent as needed. We have probably done the same in the past ourselves. Welcome to our gluten-free club! :)

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