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I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance but does this mean i have celiac disease?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Celiac is autoimmune: An intolerance is different from an autoimmune disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease where antibodies attack the lining of the intestines. In both cases, you will stay away from wheat gluten, but they are not the same process. You can be tested for celiac by a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Blood test or biopsy: Tests for celiac disease include blood antibody tests, looking for tissue transglutaminase antibody (ttg iga) and other antibodies. Small intestine biopsy by using an endoscope through the mouth, can accurately diagnose celiac disease.
A 23-year-old member asked:

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease typically treated?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Gluten-free diet: A gluten-free diet usually makes symptoms go away. Celiac disease (gluten allergy) occurs in a person who may have a genetic tendency to react abnormally to gluten. 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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how common gluten intolerance and celiac disease are?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe 1% (1 in 100): The exact prevalence (percentage of people in the population with the disease) of celiac disease is not certain. Some people estimate the number to be about 1%, or 1 out of every 100 people. Gluten intolerance is not true celiac disease, and the number of people with gluten intolerance is also uncertain.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What happens if I were to have a gluten intolerance, does that basically mean I have celiac disease?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Not necessarily: Celiac disease is a more severe form of gluten intolerance. See a doctor experienced in the diagnosis and management of celiac disease for proper diagnosis and management.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I have gluten intolerance; but does this mean I have celiac disease?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
NO: An intolerance is different from an autoimmune disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease where antibodies attack the lining of the intestines. In both cases, you will stay away from wheat gluten, but they are not the same process. You can be tested for celiac by a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy.

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