Yeah! I’m not Celiac, however, gluten has had an negative effect on me since the last six years.
A reader sent me this email and I wanted to share that she’s not alone. So many people out there are suffering from gluten-intolerance and have questions.
Being tested for Celiac Disease is a personal choice. Studies have shown that individuals with an immediate family member, who has CD, are more likely to develop Celiac themselves.
A blood test can show a positive or a negative. All it takes is one positive and with that positive result the option to ingest gluten, without serious health consequences, is gone, and a lifetime without gluten begins.
While that sounds like a life sentence void of tasty foods, that does not have to be the case. It simply means that once a person is diagnosed with Celiac Disease they have the condition for life.
On the other hand, a negative test result can become a positive for Celiac five, ten, twenty, even fifty years later. Or next month.
If you are already gluten-free, it’s important to know that in order to have the test results work, gluten must be present in the diet.
Getting tested is a personal choice and can be beneficial for both children and adults. More and more children are being diagnosed with Celiac each year. And even more are showing signs of gluten-intolerance like the reader mentioned above.
So what to do?
It’s always best to speak to your family doctor, work with a specialist and possibly see a nutritionist.
There is a wealth of resources online and offline to help support those who experience gluten-intolerance or live with Celiac.
One of the best tips any person with a new diagnosis or intolerance can receive is to get creative with food and have fun.
Removing gluten from one’s diet can have amazing health benefits and doesn’t have to mean an end to eating great food.
In fact, we at Jen’s just got done filming a Gluten-Free Baking Secrets DVD that we will unveil soon.
The food made was delicious and gluten-free. From breads, cookies, chocolate cake and pizza, being Celiac does not equal a life without the crunch from bread and tasty treats.
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