Celiac Disease

  1. Why is gluten causing so much trouble?

    While there is no uniform consensus on whether the incidence of gluten-related health problems is on the rise, advances in screening and testing methods, coupled with a growing public awareness of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, have bro ...

  2. What is Celiac Disease?

    Celiac Disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder, triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a collection of proteins called gliadins and glutenins, commonly found in wheat, barley, rye, and spelt. With autoimmune disease, the body mistakenly attacks i ...

  3. What are the differences among gluten intolerance, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and a wheat allergy?

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  4. Testing to Diagnose Celiac Disease

    Those looking for a definitive answer whether or not they have Celiac Disease (CD) or gluten sensitivity will be faced with many different testing options. Please be advised that the field of testing is ever changing, and you can find pros and ...

  5. If I experience celiac disease or gluten intolerance symptoms, can I try the gluten-free diet before an actual diagnosis?

    Most health professionals recommend that all screening and diagnosis occur prior to experimenting with a gluten-free diet. ...

  6. Which tests are currently being used to screen for celiac disease?

    The gold standard for medical diagnosis (and for health insurance purposes) is the following blood antibody test panel  and intestinal biopsy.  ...

  7. What if I tested positive for the genes associated with Celiac Disease? What's next?

    If you have performed a genetic test for celiac disease and have either the HLA DQ2 or DQ8 gene along with symptoms, it is highly recommended that you have the antibody blood test panel to further screen for celiac disease. Genetic tests can give y ...

  8. I have the genes for Celiac Disease, but don’t have any symptoms. Should I stop eating gluten?

    According to Dr. Sheila Crowe, M.D., a professor of medicine and director of research at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, having the genes HLA DQ2 and DQ8 puts you at higher risk of celiac disease, but they don't confirm ...

  9. What about stool and saliva testing?

    At this point, Western medical doctors and health insurance companies do not support using stool or saliva tests in screening for celiac disease or gluten intolerance because there are no peer-reviewed studies validating these types of tests.  ...

  10. Are there tests for gluten sensitivity?

    Currently, there are no tests to identify gluten sensitivity.  However, researchers are working toward identifying biomarkers that can diagnose gluten sensitivity. A recent study by Dr. Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland ...