Do you think you could have celiac disease? If so, talk to your doctor about getting tested. Use this resource to help guide your conversation.
Do not change to the gluten-free diet before being tested for celiac disease. It is important to continue eating a normal, gluten-containing diet before being tested for celiac disease. If the blood tests and symptoms indicate celiac disease, a physician will likely suggest a biopsy of the lining of the small intestine to confirm the diagnosis.
Going gluten-free before being tested can prevent diagnosis. However, people who have already adopted the gluten-free diet without having been tested for celiac disease can undergo a "gluten challenge" in order to receive accurate test results. The gluten challenge now requires eating less gluten over a shorter time frame than in years past.
Learn more about the gluten challenge here.
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