Gluten sensitivity is a growing undiagnosed problem for many patients. If you are directly related to someone who has already been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease it is a good idea to be tested.
The following list of diseases have been shown to have links to underlying gluten sensitivity or intolerance:
- Chronic intestinal problems
- Infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- Chronic anemia
- Chronic Headaches
- Bipolar or Schizophrenia
- Low thyroid (Hypothyroid)
- ADD or ADHD
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Type I or II diabetes
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Autoimmune Disease
Traditional tests for gluten sensitivity are often inconclusive or incorrect
Common testing for gluten sensitivity involves testing your blood for the presence of antibodies, or a portion of your immune system, that may react to the proteins in gluten. They are also typically only testing for the proteins in wheat, not other gluten-containing grains such as barley, rye, corn, or rice (yes, those grains contain gluten too!) Blood tests only measure the gluten found in wheat (gliadin).
Having a negative test for antibodies does not 100% rule out the potential for gluten sensitivity. Some people have immune reactions that are measurable by testing antibodies but many patients will manifest gluten sensitivity with many other symptoms including:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) distress – bloating, excess gas, stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation
- Psychological problems – brain fog, fatigue, memory decline
- Skin eruptions or rashes – psoriasis, eczema, facial acne
- Weakening of bone structure – osteoporosis or osteopenia
- Chronic fatigue
- Multiple sclerosis
In total, there are now more than 200 diseases and conditions that have been linked to worsening disease state as a result of gluten sensitivity.
Even if your antibody testing, or more invasive testing such as small intestine biopsy, were negative, you can still have gluten intolerance based on your genetic coding. Many patients we have seen with negative antibodies and biopsy will show positive genetic tests.
There are now very reliable and accurate genetic tests (evaluating HLA-DQ alpha-1 and HLA-DQ beta-1) available that can determine your relative sensitivity to the proteins in gluten.
We have partnered with the Gluten Free Society to deliver the most advanced genetic testing available for patient concerned about gluten sensitivity.
This is a non-invasive test requiring only a swab of the inside of your cheek. Results are received within 2-3 weeks.