Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important

We are fast approaching our mid-month of

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month for 31 Days in May.

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There are 2 things that I want you to know more than anything.

Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important

1- How Do I get Diagnosed of Celiac Disease?

As I mentioned in my previous posts, there are over 300 symptoms associated with Celiac Disease and may be overlooked as subtle or linked to other illnesses. 

According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (UCCDC)

  1. Only 10% of people with Celiac Disease are diagnosed.
  2. Approximately 20% of the patients are older than 55 at the time that they are diagnosed even though it is harder to clearly link the symptoms to the disease.
  3. Celiac Disease affects 3 million Americans
  4. 97% are undiagnosed.

The UCCDC recommends that if you suspect that you have Celiac Disease, the first step is to get the antibody blood testing.  Once you get the blood test results, you may need to have an endoscopic biopsy to further your diagnosis process. .

Please note, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group, you MUST NOT BE ON A GLTUEN FREE DIET prior to testing for Celiac Disease.  Removing Gluten  from your diet prior to testing may alter your testing results because your body will not be actively responding to the Gluten reaction in your system.  The UCCDC also says that you will need to be consuming Gluten for several weeks prior to testing.   The following tests may be used to help diagnose Celiac Disease. 

**Please consult your physician for testing, diagnosis and further testing information.**

  • Anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTG)
  • Anti-endomysium (EMA)
  • Anti-deamindated gliadin peptides (DGP)

Celiac Disease is a genetic disease which means that you need to have the genes in order to develop CD. The tests listed below can be done, to confirm that you have the genes.

  • HLA-DQ2
  • HLA-DQ8

2 – Why is getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease so important?

Celiac Disease is an inherited disease, genetically we may or may not pass the disease on to our future family.  Early diagnosing and proper testing is very important to you and your family’s health in the future. Once you know that you have Celiac Disease and you adhere to a strict lifelong Gluten Free diet you can avoid various complications due to malnutrition, cancer and additional health complications.

I hope that you find this post about Celiac Disease – How and Why Is Diagnosis Important helpful.  Please share this with your family and friends because it is highly likely that they know someone that might need help with getting diagnosed.

I truly want you to live a happy and healthy life with your family and friends.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mothers and motherly people out there that are taking care of all of us.  Thank you!

Salud!

Lisa