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How can I be sure that I have celiac disease?

How can I be sure that I have celiac disease?

See your doctor: The best tests include blood testing to screen, and then to confirm the diagnosis you need to undergo biopsy. You have to be on a regular diet for the tests to be valid (not a gluten-free diet). ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more


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I'm not 100% sure I have celiac disease but I was just wondering if you have it is it ok to eat a mcchicken sandwich without the bun with the fries?

I'm not 100% sure I have celiac disease but I was just wondering if you have it is it ok to eat a mcchicken sandwich without the bun with the fries?

You decide: If you have CD, every time you consume a gluten product like a flour based sandwich, your body makes new antibodies that attack and injure your gut tissue. The injury is patchwork, like a quilt. When the bad patches get to widespread your symptoms get much worse and problems continue. Only stopping gluten lets your body heal. You need to finish finding out if you have it. If not, no need to avoid gluten ...Read more

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How do I know if I have celiac disease?

How do I know if I have celiac disease?

Symptoms/Tests: Celiac disease is suspected based on the symptoms and confirmed by doing a detailed history/physical examination and blood test if you have symptoms of celiac disease consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have celiac disease?

What can I do if I have celiac disease?

Read labels: This requires that you go on a gluten free diet. Gluten is found primarily in wheat, barley and rye, so any product with these is out. There are a number of sources on the web, including the Mayo clinic, that provide guidance. Just search for "gluten free diet".The FDA requires that vendors list any of the top 8 food allergens on packages, so start looking. Some even have a GF seal. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease it's a really big problem?

So what's the???: To get the most from this site you provide background information and ask a related question. You have just made a statement and put a question mark after it. If you haven't figured out what to ask, wait until you do and start over. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can tell people I have celiac disease?

Can I tell me how I can tell people I have celiac disease?

As needed: Using your dominant language works well. You do not need to broadcast the issue in most settings. Your close circle of friends can simply be told you have a food allergy & cannot tolerate gluten/wheat. It is unrealistic to expect them to remove all gluten containing material from social settings, too hard. If they question more, educate them, otherwise keep it simple. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

No: Celiac disease does run in some families, but that does not mean every member of the family will get the disease. If a parent has celiac disease, the baby's doctor can follow the baby's growth at the regular check-ups, and may do occasional blood tests to look for celiac disease. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food can I eat if I have celiac disease?

Please suggest what food can I eat if I have celiac disease?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease is caused my blood cells in your body that have developed sensitivity to a grain protein called gliadin. Wheat, rye, barley and spelt contain this protein. Most persons with cd can eat other grains but industrial processing contamination can be an issue; so let you body tell you which alternative grain products you can tolerate. ...Read more

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I I'm 183 lbs at 5.2", I have Celiac Disease. Gained 3 lbs since I was diagnosed 4yrs ago. How can I lose this weight?

I I'm 183 lbs at 5.2", I have Celiac Disease. Gained 3 lbs since I was diagnosed 4yrs ago. How can I lose this weight?

Multiple: Exercise (aerobic & weight 60 mins) 3-4x /week. Walk as much as you can. Control food intake especially carb and alcohol. With your weight, you need to lose more than just the 3 lbs. It won't be easy but will be doable given enough will power. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease a year ago is when I started having symptoms. Is it normal to not have symptoms your whole life then all the sudden have them?

I have celiac disease a year ago is when I started having symptoms. Is it normal to not have symptoms your whole life then all the sudden have them?

Very much so: Think of a domino effect, where one falls on another in sequence until they all fall. You can have a genetic predisposition to celiac but never develop it or have a triggering event that starts the process at any age. For some reason your body started developing antibodies to some of the proteins in wheat & these get confused & attack your intestinal tissues. It really doesn't hide once it starts. ...Read more

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How often can I eat gluten if I have celiac disease?

How often can I eat gluten if I have celiac disease?

Never: It would likely be in your best interest to never eat gluten at all. If you have celiac disease, even a tiny amount of gluten can do harm to you. Once your gut is damaged by gluten, healing can take 6 months or more. Casein, the protein in milk, looks similar to the gluten molecule, and cross reactivity can happen. Some people also do best being casein free. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease and eat gluten anyways, what will happen to me?

If I have celiac disease and eat gluten anyways, what will happen to me?

Undesirable things!: A person with celiac disease gets strong allergic reactions to gluten in the small intestine, which causes the lining of the intestine to lose its ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc... If he continues to eat gluten, he can become anemic, lactose intolerant, and have diarrhea or irritable bowel, tummy pains, vitamin deficiency, etc... ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if I eat gluten when I have celiac disease?

Could you tell me what happens if I eat gluten when I have celiac disease?

Damage to intestines: Depending on the amount ingested and your immune system response, there is the potential for damage to the lining to the intestines. The damage may affect your ability to absorb sugar and other nutrients. It could take months to undo the damage by following the diet as recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease. What are some suggestions on what to eat when I get glutened?

I have celiac disease. What are some suggestions on what to eat when I get glutened?

Bowel rest: There is nothing to treat a celiac attack when you have been exposed to gluten. It can be painful and uncomfortable. I have not seen anything specifically recommended, but from personal experience I eat dry gluten free toast and tea for several days and hug my heating pad to my abdomen. Sometimes have a little ensure so I don't lose too much weight. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease, and 20 years old. How do I gain weight. Right now I am about 110lb?

I have celiac disease, and 20 years old. How do I gain weight. Right now I am about 110lb?

Nutritionist: Visit with a nutritionist to make sure your celiac disease is under good control. There are plenty of healthy and bulking yet safe foods you can eat. If you are still not gaining weight, you need to see your GI doc for more testing to assure that he disease is being controlled by diet alone. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease and eat gluten, what will my symptoms be and when should I expect them to start?

If I have celiac disease and eat gluten, what will my symptoms be and when should I expect them to start?

Celiac: That is one of the problems with celiac disease. It can take a long time, months even before symptoms show and then symptoms can be from skin to neuro psych to GI. I would suggest you speak with a health care worker about your concerns. ...Read more

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