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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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Hey, I was diagnosed with celiac at a young age and my family thought nothing of it. It never effected me in a major way except on some occasions. I am 16 and male. When I was 14 I stooped growing and gaining weight. My diet as of a year ago has been relatively gluten free, and right now I am not eating any gluten. My dad is about 5'8 my brother is 5'9. Is it likely that Ill stay this way and not grow at all? Is my best bet to not eat gluten and see what happens?

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There is a recent thread in the CopingWith forum. Someone discuses how they have grown over an inch in just the past few months after going gluten-free. here is the link.

Have you had your vitamin levels checked recently? There is a chance that your duodenum has not healed if you were only "relatively gluten free". It can take weeks to heal after being exposed to gluten so even if you only eat crumbs of gluten a couple of times a month, your intestines may be unable to absorb the nutrients required for further growth. I am glad to hear you are gluten-free now, I hope you are able to continue it!

I had undiagnosed celiac as a child and stopped growing at age 12. Although i am almost 5'8", I really wish I had known to go gluten-free...my dad was a huge pro football player and I now wonder if I could have grown taller.

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It's good you are now gluten-free, you may notice some additional growth. Genetics most likely are going to limit you to some number around your father and brother, but not necessarily exactly. My dad was 5'11, my brother is 5'9, and I'm 6'2. My brother was born premature, so that appears to have played a role in his smaller stature.

As I've stated elsewhere, when I went gluten-free my fingernails and hair started growing at a very fast pace.

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At 16 it's very possible that you'll continue growing if you cut out gluten altogether and start to absorb the nutrients you need. Guys typically keep growing for longer than girls, and it's not unusual for guys to keep growing steadily until age 18. There are other things that can stop you from growing too, like smoking.

My fingernails have been growing faster since quitting gluten too. It's amazing how often they need to be clipped now. They barely used to grow at all. The white splotches have almost completely disappeared too.

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My buddy grew 3 inches between the ages of 18 and 21. It correlated with a much more nutritious diet. (He was eating more green vegetables and less processed food.) Just keep your eye on the prize - stick to gluten-free foods and eat your vegetables!

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Personally, since I've gone gluten-free I've grown about 3 inches total. You're still young. I went gluten-free at the age of 18 and those 3" came after 18. No need to worry yet.

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