You may wonder what the process is to determine if someone has Celiac Disease. If your condition has gone to the extent where you’re anemic and overwhelmingly tired as I was, stop the train and blow the whistle. My discovery experience included a diagnostic colonoscopy, small intestine biopsy, and endoscopy that told the tale seeing that the villi in the small intestine, where nutrient absorption occurs were nubbins … almost gone. These villi can increase the nutrient absorbing surface approximately 25 times.
We understand so much more about celiac disease today and with a simple blood test you’re able to screen for the disease. According to the Celiac Foundation “there are [ ] antibody tests available to double-check for potential false positives or false negatives, but because of potential for false antibody test results, a biopsy of the small intestine is the only way to diagnose celiac disease.”
If there is someone in your family like parents, brothers, or sisters with gluten intolerance you have a significant risk of having it yourself. Genetic tests are recommended for family members, especially children. Don’t confuse gluten intolerance or celiac disease with a wheat allergy. Food allergies can be fatal and often exhibit symptoms like simple rashes, hives, itching or swelling to having difficulty breathing even loss of consciousness.
It’s better to know the truth instead of self-diagnosis and treatment. Check with your physician if you have diarrhea, a potbelly, breath that is foul-smelling, irregular stools, or digestive issues that last for weeks.