Who should take a celiac disease test?
By the time most adults decide to test for Celiac, they have suffered a good bit, and probably tried many different things.
In his book "Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic", Peter H.R. Green, M.D. (Director of the Celiac Center at Columbia University), has advice on how you should determine if you're ripe for a gluten intolerance test.
Basically, a celiac disease test will be used to determine if you have villous atrophy.
There are various ways to test for celiac, and while some of them are fairly cutting edge others are pretty much outdated.
For me personally, when it comes to gastro-intestinal issues, I like to insist on seeing a doctor that focuses on digestive and nutritional issues - for example, a Naturopathic Doctor (ND).
I have found that most Naturopaths are more likely to be focused on nutrition, food and diet.
If you suspect gluten intolerance and want to get tested, I'd look up a Naturopath in your area.
Your Physician may also be able to refer you to a specialist that deals in food allergies and/or digestive related issues and such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome etc
Again this is your call, but when you decide to get tested for celiac, know that you may be dealing with a situation where you're expecting a doctor to investigate a disease that is not cured with medication.
This is your body, your health and your life though - so fight for what you believe and don't let big titles intimidate you.
Note though that just because a test is cutting edge it does not mean it gives conclusive results for celiac testing.
Leaving your health up to somebody else could put you in the 97% of the people who suffer with celiac but are un-diagnosed.
Why would that be?
Well, according to some gluten intolerant experts working specifically with celiacs and gluten intolerant patients, most people do not get tested for celiac unless they specifically ask for the celiac disease test.
I love doctors, but my experience with some of them has left me feeling that they are too focused on medicating. I don't know about you, but personally I don't want to gobble medicines like they're going out of fashion.
1. Celiac Panel - The Celiac panel is basically a blood test that will test for various things. This celiac test is not in itself conclusive but it can be used to rule out celiac disease.
There are other more outdated celiac tests that are reported to still be in use. They include Stool testing for antibodies, reticulin antibody testing and salivary testing for antibodies.
Although the blood tests have their limits, they are good place to start before other more invasive tests.
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