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Health Update – Celiac Disease?

After not hearing back from my doctor for a couple weeks, I called to get the results of my genetic test. Before getting the test, my doctor explained that based on the results, I would have one of two situations:

  • Gluten sensitivity-This would be my diagnosis if I had none of the genes for celiac disease. With this diagnosis, if I REALLY wanted some gluten, I could–very rarely–load myself up with meds and then partake.
  • Celiac disease – This would be my diagnosis if I had the two genes that are present in the majority of celiac cases:Β HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. With this diagnosis, obviously, gluten is off the menu forever.

And how did I do?

I have ONE of the genes. And, I’ve been ordered to be gluten-free forever.

My official diagnosis is that I *could* have celiac disease. My official opinion is that I DO have celiac disease, based on several factors, including my reactions to gluten, previous health issues, and because the gene that I do have,Β HLA-DQ2, is the most common gene associated with celiac.

What do you guys think? Does anyone else have experience with these genetic tests?

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Health update and internet find

My kind of work out from cheezburger.com

The internet found the perfect workout for me! I’m gonna be ripped.

Today was my visit to the GI doctor. It was a short visit, but since I have effectively corrected my digestive issues with my diet, there wasn’t anything to troubleshoot. He did order a genetic test to see if I have celiac disease. However, if that comes back negative, then my diagnosis is gluten sensitivity. The treatment in both cases is to continue with a gluten-free diet, and, in my case, grain free until I decide to reintroduce some as an experiment. I’m really curious to see how the test results come out.