A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? are both hereditary?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease differ?

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Dr. Martin Fried
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Nutrition 38 years experience
Autoimmune: Allergy is mediated by immunoglobulin e usually and doesnt damage the intestine wall. Celiac is a autoimmune disease where the antibodies attack the lining of the intestines and affect the absorption of food. Celiac can also lead to other autoimmune diseases.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
A reaction to gluten: Celiac disease (gluten allergy) occurs in a person who may have a genetic tendency to react abnormally to gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye). Something causes his immune system to over-react to gluten. Later, when he eats foods containing gluten, his immune system reacts with the intestine that is digesting the gluten, thus causing intestinal problems and abnormal digestion.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Docs, when testing for celiac disease do they run a gluten allergy test?
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Why is celiacs concidered a disease and not a food allergy? Isn't it just an allergy to gluten?
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I do not have celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten, but why do I feel so good when i avoid it?
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