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What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

Variable Sx; slight: Celiac can have variable sx, incl gas, bloat, diarrhea, wt loss, rarely gain, constipation, joint aches and pains (often from vitamin d def), fatigue (often from iron def), osteoporosis, swallowing probl, rarely liver probl. Can get screened with blood testing, and/or genetic testing. Assoc with other autoimmune diseases such as ibd, psoriasis, rheum arth, lupus, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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For celiac disease, which is more accurate, endoscopy or genetic tests (like enterolab)

For celiac disease, which is more accurate, endoscopy or genetic tests (like enterolab)

Evolving issue: For diagnosis, the intestinal biopsy is the accepted confirmatory test for cd.It identifies the villous atrophy that reverses on a gluten free diet. Several gene markers (dq2 , dq8 ) are found in 90% of patients with cd but are also found in 40-50% of the population.Immune markers are suggestive, but which immune markers to study is under study.Cyrex labs has some detailed info posted on their site. ...Read more

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Genetic blood work done for celiacs- one gene positive for celiacs another negative. I have lost 30lbs in 5m, is it highly possible I have celiacs?

Genetic blood work done for celiacs- one gene positive for celiacs another negative. I have lost 30lbs in 5m, is it highly possible I have celiacs?

Get checked out: Only a small % of people with the genetic markers develop celiac disease. However any weight loss of 30 lbs without an known explanation should be vigorously evaluated even though your symptoms may be suggestive of gluten intolerance. I presume that you are anorexic . ...Read more

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I have celiac disease and had my thyroid removed (benign goiter). Do i need to go for genetic testing before getting pregnant?

I have celiac disease and had my thyroid removed (benign goiter). Do i need to go for genetic testing before getting pregnant?

Counselling helps: I think anyone who has concerns about planing a pregnancy should consider consulting a geneticist. Every pregnancy has about 4% risk of an unexpected event, that includes prematurity, cleft lip, & others. Within your family tree there may be issues on either side that deserve discussion.With that data in hand you can approach the process with less worry on most occasions.See www.Nsgc.Org for list. ...Read more

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If your children are born into an already gluten free household, is there a test that can be done to detect celiacs?

If your children are born into an already gluten free household, is there a test that can be done to detect celiacs?

Genetic testing: Consider genetic testing such as celiac id from prometheus labs. If the genetic test is high risk, then a gluten trial for at least 2 weeks before testing for celiac antibodies is required. Testing for celiac antibodies should be done in children older than 3 years. ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease in children?

How common is celiac disease in children?

Maybe 1% (1 in 100): Celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people, to about 1 in 150 people. The exact numbers are not certain, but it affects a little less than 1% of the population. ...Read more

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What are some more subtle symptoms of celiac disease in children?

What are some more subtle symptoms of celiac disease in children?

Belly aches: There are many ... Abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, bloated feeling. The more subtle sign might be growth delay - not growing as quickly as other kids. Also, certain kinds of rashes are subtle signs of celiac (look-up dermatitis herpetiformis). The trigger is wheat containing foods and other products. ...Read more

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What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

5-10%: There are genetic influences in celiac disease but these increase susceptibility rather than predict outcome. Even identical twins do not always share the disorder. ...Read more

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What treats can I serve at a party when one child has celiac disease?

What treats can I serve at a party when one child has celiac disease?

Talk to mom: Given the food intolerance, it would be best to talk to the child's mom for guidance and make sure she is comfortable with the food prepared. ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more