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I was wondering what testing there is to test for gluten-intolerances - do I need to see my dr?  Also - where can I find a gluten-free listing? Thanks.
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Gluten Testing

posted at 7/12/2011 12:42 PM CDT
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I was wondering what testing there is to test for gluten-intolerances - do I need to see my dr?  Also - where can I find a gluten-free listing?
Thanks.

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 7/14/2011 3:44 PM CDT
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The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance include cramps, diarrhea, growth failure in children, loss of appetite and menstrual irregularities. Doctors can provide a blood test and with positive results a biopsy of the small intestine will be taken to diagnose celiac disease. If you suspect a gluten intolerance, please consult with your physician. A gluten-free diet should never be started before the blood tests and biopsy are done as this can interfere with making an accurate diagnosis. Too many people self diagnose and may be eliminating important nutrients from their diet.

 

A Hy-Vee gluten-free product listing can be found at http://www.hy-vee.com/meal-solutions/special-diets/default.aspx or you can schedule an appointment with your local Hy-Vee dietitian to take an aisle by aisle gluten-free store tour.

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 7/19/2011 10:33 AM CDT
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In Response to Gluten Testing:
I was wondering what testing there is to test for gluten-intolerances - do I need to see my dr?  Also - where can I find a gluten-free listing? Thanks.
Posted by scolvin


Yes you should see your doctor. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine if you are allergic to gluten or not.

Hy Vee produces a listing of the food that you can eat that can be purchased in their stores.

The best thing to do is read the ingredient labels on the food you buy. Much has notices if it contains wheat under allergies at the end of the ingredients listing. One item often missed is maltodextrine which may or may not be made from wheat.

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 7/19/2011 3:39 PM CDT
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If you suspect you or someone in your family is sensitive to gluten, DO NOT stop eating it. If you do, the blood test WILL come back negative to sensitivity.  So make the appointment, have the test and then stop eating gluten foods.  You could have intolerance, allergy or Celiac disease, so a gluten intolerance blood test may be inconclusive.  You may also have to consult an allergist, or simply eliminate gluten containing foods and keep a food diary to isolate what your dietary problems are.

Typically, those who have a gluten intolerance also tend to have other food/chemical intolerances as well, so don't despair if there is no answer to your problems with a simple blood test. 

Response to Re: Gluten Testing:
In Response to Gluten Testing : Yes you should see your doctor. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine if you are allergic to gluten or not. Hy Vee produces a listing of the food that you can eat that can be purchased in their stores. The best thing to do is read the ingredient labels on the food you buy. Much has notices if it contains wheat under allergies at the end of the ingredients listing. One item often missed is maltodextrine which may or may not be made from wheat.
Posted by billrath

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 8/1/2011 8:04 PM CDT
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If the blood work comes back inconclusive they may have to do a biopsy.  Celiac and gluten intolerance IS NOT an allergy.  Allergies produce hives, itching, burning, and can be taken care of with an anti-histamine or if bad enough an epi-pen and a trip to the ER.  

Even if the tests come back negative a gluten free diet may help.  I have read many stories of people who improved their quality of life by going on a gluten free diet even after the tests came back negative.

Just a reminder in general wheat free does not mean gluten free.  Companies do not have to declare gluten on their labels only wheat.

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 11/24/2011 8:41 PM CST
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WHile all the above is true, you should know that if you have already started a gluten free diet, (or even ifyou have not) there is another alternative.....it is a very new trype of testing but is very accurate.  I was first tested with the blood test, then the endoscopy and both were neg.....however I continued to have symptoms.
Eventually I found a lab that did this new testing (don't worry they are highly accredited!  You can check them out on their website.), and I was finally diagnosed through this lab.  It is called Enterolab.....they have helped a lot of people!    The tests they do are from fecal samples.  I would suggest checking out their website and deciding for yourself.  Read their credentials, and then read the testimonials.......they are legit!  And they helped me, when the Dr.s wouldn't.  Here is their
website:

enterolab.com

Re: Gluten Testing

posted at 4/14/2012 6:26 PM CDT
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In Response to Re: Gluten Testing:
WHile all the above is true, you should know that if you have already started a gluten free diet, (or even ifyou have not) there is another alternative.....it is a very new trype of testing but is very accurate.  I was first tested with the blood test, then the endoscopy and both were neg.....however I continued to have symptoms. Eventually I found a lab that did this new testing (don't worry they are highly accredited!  You can check them out on their website.), and I was finally diagnosed through this lab.  It is called Enterolab.....they have helped a lot of people!    The tests they do are from fecal samples.  I would suggest checking out their website and deciding for yourself.  Read their credentials, and then read the testimonials.......they are legit!  And they helped me, when the Dr.s wouldn't.  Here is their website: enterolab.com
Posted by kbarry996


I also used Enterolab's after my blood test results were borderline negative back in 2006.  I believe I had a blood test score of 9 and 10 and higher was positive. 

We were unable to have children for 6 or 7 years before starting the gluten free diet.  One month after I stopped eatting gluten my wife got pregnant with our 1st.  That was back in 2006 and we have our 3rd on the way right now.  A positive biopsy would mean your intestines have been damaged and it might be best to identify the problem (through this lab testing) before you reach that point.

Re: Gluten Testing

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