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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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