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.
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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
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Weak positives can be attributed to a gluten free diet. All celiac testing (blood and intestinal biopsies) require you to be on a gluten free diet (8 to 12 weeks blood, 2 to 4 for biopsies). The genetic test (you can be on a gluten diet) will reveal if you have the chance of developing celiac disease. Some 30% of the population carries the celiac genes. Then...they are a few celiacs that actually have different genes.
If you have been eating gluten prior to the blood tests for three months, your test results should be valid. The next step would be to obtain an endoscopy to confirm villi blunting. If that is not possible, you might just go back to eating gluten free to see if your symptoms resolve again. Never eat gluten again.
Gluten free need not be expensive. Eat meats, fish, veggies, nuts, beans, and fruit. Rice is allowed and is usually inexpensive.
I wish you well.
Another variable that should be considered......old age and reduced eyesight! We do not have a dishwasher, so we hand wash. It appears that I am not washing as well at night. This might be fine for a good gut bionome (referencing a study in Sweden, I think), but bad from a cross contamination perspective with gluten.
Bottom line? Wear your reading glasses and improve your lighting! You may consider transitioning to a 100% gluten-free household as reduced vision and dementia kick in. 😊
Here is a link to our Newbie 101 thread that you might find useful.
I can only comment on those foods that I have in my home or have purchased.
1. Nutella is and it states it in the label.
2. Skippy PB is gluten-free (not stated, but ingrediants are).
3. Soy sauce. It should state it on the label as gluten free or do not eat it. Most soy sauce is NOT gluten free as it contains wheat.
4. Maple syrup is gluten-free if it is pure (only one ingrediant). Otherwise read the ingredients.
5. Fresh minced meat should be gluten-free if you prepared and cross contamination did not occur in your kitchen (e.g. Pot, cutting board, etc.). Not sure if this is a canned product.
Bottom line is that you have to read labels carefully. In the beginning it is best to eat fresh foo you prepared. The. Add in processed food as you learn to read labels and determine if you have other intolerances to foods other than gluten (very common for celiacs or NCGI).
In my brief research, I did not find any public papers indicating villi blunting for Losartan specifically. There was research and a law suit on olmesartan (other celiac.com members have pointed out). Dr. Hart may have been making clinical observations or has access to medical research that is not public (or free). He is/was located at the University of Chicago.
Are you still having GI symptoms despite the gluten free diet and your supplements?
If not, this BP drug may not be affecting you. I understand your concern, so you might talk with your doctor or pharmacist about an alternative drug or re-visit the need to take this drug. Make sure they know all the supplements you are taking in addition to other prescription drugs.
Talk also with your GI about your suspected or continued malabsorption issues. Have you had follow-up biopsies?
I understand your concern. I hope you find a solution that satisfies you and your doctor.