How do you know if you have Celiac Disease, an allergy or intolerance?
If you have a suspicion, please don’t eliminate gluten without being tested first. Many people will eliminate gluten and feel so well that they never see a doctor about a true diagnosis. The tricky thing about celiac disease is that symptoms vary wildly between people. In fact, some people are actually symptomless. Many people wander for years from Doctor to Doctor with disturbing symptoms only to be diagnosed a decade later with celiac disease.
Why is this so important you may wonder?
Celiac disease has a very specific diet. If you simply eliminate gluten from your diet you may still be getting cross contaminated from various sources. Cross contamination happens very easily in your kitchen and others.
If you have celiac disease, a common bread crumb can be causing serious injury to your body.
Celiac disease demands a vigilant daily diet in which “every crumb matters”. Medical information on celiac disease is important to both receive and to fully understand.
See She Sugars article on testing to diagnose celiac disease. This article covers blood testing, genetic testing and endoscopy procedures. The gold standard for diagnosis is positive labs and a positive endoscopy with intestinal biopsy by a Gastroenterologist. Keep in mind, in order for these tests to be positive, wheat must be in your daily diet.
Read more about who should be tested and why in these She Sugar articles: