How does one figure out if they’re gluten intolerant or if they have celiac?

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease can play a part in a wide variety of illnesses that effect body/mind and spirit. An accurate and simple test is certainly needed. Right now one’s only option quite often is doing an elimination diet since testing is not always accurate. Also there are many people who do not test positive for celiac at all who find they’re intolerant to gluten. For such people it’s likely that elimination diets will remain the way to determine sensitivity. What does that entail? It means eliminating all gluten containing foods from one diet. In the event one has celiac it means being extremely vigilant about that elimination since even microscopic amounts of gluten can be problematic.  That can mean cooking in a kitchen that doesn’t have any gluten in it at all even if you’re not eating it. It can get complex, but with practice people learn how to manage and feel much better too.

From Science Daily:

A Quick, Cheap, Accurate Test for Gluten Intolerance

Celiac disease affects millions of people worldwide, but many sufferers are not aware they have the condition or may have been misdiagnosed with other illnesses. A pioneering new test developed with EU-funding should soon be available in hospitals, offering an accurate, quick, cost-effective diagnosis and monitoring solution. (read the rest)

I recently posted on gluten intolerance being associated with people who get labeled both schizophrenic and bipolar:

 Studies show gluten sensitivity in people labeled with schizophrenia and bipolar (and how gluten can effect a lot of us regardless of dx)

More posts on gluten intolerance and celiac on Beyond Meds.

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