Gluten-Free

Celiac disease is highly hereditary in women. A lot of the women on my mom’s side of the family have Celiac. I’ve been blood-tested for it and it came back negative, but the only way to know *for sure* is to have a biopsy, I think, of your intestines? I’ve been seeing a lot more about it recently, so this email was fitting.

I got this email from http://www.eatingwell.com/:

This Week on EatingWell.com: Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes
October is National Celiac Awareness Month. One in 133 Americans has celiac disease. The only treatment for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance is to maintain a strict gluten-free diet. EatingWell’s nutrition experts offer easy tips, gluten-free diet guidelines and expert Q and A, as well as an interactive quiz that tests your knowledge. Plus delicious, gluten-free recipes to help you eat well. Don’t Miss: Gluten-Free Diet CenterHealthy Gluten-Free RecipesWhat’s New This Week at EatingWell.com (Not) Pictured Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

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  1. I would definitely try to eat gluten free and see if any health issues improve before heading in to have a section of your intestines removed. Although, it might be hard to tell for sure if you aren’t actually feeling pain. Have you asked about an allergy type test?

    Hmmm… found this article to help you in your search:

    Other tests to help determine the severity of the disease and the extent of a patient’s malnutrition, malabsorption, and the involvement of other organs might include:

    CBC (complete blood count) to look for anemia

    ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) to evaluate inflammation

    CRP (C-Reactive protein) to evaluate inflammation

    CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel) to determine electrolyte, protein, and calcium levels, and to verify the status of the kidney and liver

    Vitamin D, E, and B12 to measure vitamin deficiencies

    Stool fat, to help evaluate malabsorption

    Since those with celiac disease may also experience conditions such as lactose intolerance, celiac tests may be done in conjunction with other intolerance and allergy testing. Anti-tTG, AGA, and/or EMA tests may be ordered at intervals on patients who have been diagnosed with celiac disease to monitor compliance with a gluten-free diet and to help evaluate the effectiveness of treatment; antibody levels should fall when gluten is removed from the diet.

  2. I also found this, although I have read various theories regarding infertility and celiac disease – thought you might be interested (though you may have already seen it)…

    Celiac Disease and Fertility
    In research studies to date, the incidence of celiac disease in women with unexplained infertility has been estimated at four to eight percent. While a number of studies have demonstrated that unexplained infertility can be successfully treated with the gluten-free diet, others have shown that there are factors other than malabsorption of nutrients that result in infertility, delayed menarche (the start of the menstrual cycle) and early menopause.

    In two large case control studies, researchers examined the incidence of delayed menarche, amenorrhea (cessation of the menstrual cycle for short periods of time), and early menopause. Both studies enrolled women with celiac disease who were following the gluten-free diet or eating a gluten-containing diet.

    They found that women who were not on the gluten-free diet started their menstrual cycle up to a year and a half later than women with celiac disease who were following the diet. In addition, researchers found that up to 39% of women not on the diet experienced periods of amenorrhea, compared to only nine percent of women who were on the gluten-free diet. As you would expect, women with celiac disease who were not on the gluten-free diet were found to enter menopause four to five years earlier than women with celiac disease who were on the diet.

    Researchers who have studied women with infertility have found that they test positive for celiac disease-related antibodies at a rate that is ten-fold higher than the normal population. They have also demonstrated that women with infertility who are diagnosed with celiac disease do not always exhibit iron, B-12, or folate deficiencies, which points to other celiac disease-related explanations for the development of their infertility.

  3. Hmmm very interesting. I haven’t actually read any articles having to do with celiac or the connection to infertility. I remember you mentioning it this summer. I certainly need to do more research on it.

    I recently was tested for food allergies and I have none. Although my mom said that the tests aren’t always totally correct.

    I don’t think that I’m allergic to anything other than cats and one medication though.

    Stuff to look into. =)

  4. I was just talking to someone yesterday and she was diagnosed with celiac in her late 30s. She went through the biopsy and while she was surprised (since it did take her well over three decades to finally put the pieces of the puzzle together) she said a lot of things made sense *after the fact* when she looked at the symptoms then thought about times in her life when it fit. So you never know….it IS very genetic.

    Swinging by from SITS:-)

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