If intolerance to gluten, does that mean you have celiac disease?

No. Though celiac disease is common, most people feel better on a gluten free diet, even if they do not have celiac disease. A gluten free diet can make celiac testing negative even if you have celiac disease so it is best to get tested if possible, prior to going gluten free.

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

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. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
No. Celiac disease is a testable condition. "Gluten intolerance" is something that may or may not even exist. Keep in mind people that eat a gluten free diet without Celiac are reading food labels and eating less refined foods, so there is likely a benefit from doing that (and not an underlying condition). Read more...

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy. Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. Read more...
No difference. You can split hairs and say that if you have chronic diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition when eating foods with gluten, that you have celiac disease and any milder symptoms of bloating, recurrent abdominal pain etc that you have gluten intolerance but the solution to both is a gluten free diet. Read more...

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

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. Read more...
Celiac. Typically people get blood work for specific celiac antibodies but there is a lot of debate on how accurate a negative result is. Most accurate is an endoscopy with biopsy looking specifically for the celiac antibodies or pathology. Read more...

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease typically treated?

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. Read more...
Celiac. Strict avoidance of any gluten containing products with supplementation of vitamins and minerals for whatever is lost with the elimination of gluten from the diet. Read more...

What happens if I have gluten intolerance, do I have celiac disease?

Maybe. While oftentime the 2 terms are used interchangeably, there are many patients who do have issues due to gluten ingestion but do not have full blown celiac disease. Typically patients complain of bloating, diarrhea, rashes, itchy skin, failure to thrive after eating barley, rye, wheat and other similar products that contain gluten. Best to consult a GI doc and a good dietician. Read more...

Can infants have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?

Yes. Yes, but may not show symptoms for years. While milk fed, will not seee any symptoms until those foods are introduced. Read more...