What is Celiac disease. How can you find out if you have it?

by Marianna
(New Jersey)

I was wandering how can you find out if you have Celiac disease?

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Oct 25, 2009
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Celiac Disease And Tests For Celiac Disease.
by: Inna

Celiac disease is thought to be genetic disorder. It's an autoimmune disease.

Celiac is basically defined with an outside or environmental trigger.

Eating gluten containing products causes the reaction in the body to "fight" it.

The statistics are: one in 133 people have Celiac disease. And more than 85% don't know they have it.

Tests for Celiac disease:
The most accurate test for Celiac disease would be test for gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy. Some older tests for sprue may not be as accurate. Make sure your doctor uses updated laboratory.
Your doctor will perform other tests to confirm an autoimmune disorder like CBC, B12, Mg, Iron, Se and others.

I wish you all the best.

Inna

Oct 28, 2009
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Sprue
by: maranna

Thank you for your response. You mentioned something about sprue. My physician was also talking about sprue. What is sprue?

Oct 28, 2009
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Sprue
by: Inna

Sprue, Celiac disease, non-tropical sprue, gluten enteropathy or adult Celiac disease are different names for the same disorder which is autoimmune disorder with malabsorption.

Tropical sprue occurs in patients in tropical climates. Regular Celiac disease is not the same as Tropical Celiac disease.

Older tests for sprue may not be as accurate as newer gluten sensitivity tests.

Being tested negative for Sprue in the past doesn't always mean that you don't have Celiac disease or sprue.

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