The treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet as well as regular routine testing for celiac disease in the weeks after you eliminate gluten from your diet.
Let’s talk about how to implement the treatment for celiac disease as well as how celiac disease is diagnosed.
What is the treatment for celiac disease?
The treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet that you will need to follow for life to repair the small intestine and to avoid the negative side effects and symptoms of celiac disease moving forward.
Once you have eliminated gluten from your diet, it may take several weeks to several months for the small intestine to fully heal.
In the early stages of your celiac disease diagnosis, it is recommended that you use celiac blood tests to mark your progress as you eliminate gluten from the diet.
If the celiac blood test shows an undetected result 6-12 months after you eliminate gluten from the diet, it shows that following a gluten-free diet is successfully repairing the immune system over time.
It’s essential to have regular follow up consultations with your physician to ensure that you are receiving the necessary care to keep you on the path to good health.
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How is celiac disease diagnosed?
Celiac disease is diagnosed through blood tests that measure the volume of antibodies and/or enzymes in the blood in response to the consumption of gluten.
It is important that those who are in the process of getting celiac disease diagnosed are still following a gluten-containing diet before and during testing.
If you eliminate gluten before testing, it is possible that this will skew your results.
In answering the question “how is celiac disease diagnosed?” We need to run through three definitions that describe what different types of celiac disease testing are trying to diagnose.
An antibody is a protein that is produced in response to an antigen (a toxin) which the body views as a threat. Antibodies attack antigens by locking onto their surface, they may also detect and kill damaged cells.
An antigen is a toxin which stimulates a defensive response in the body, most commonly, the production of antibodies.
An enzyme is a substance that is produced by a living organism which acts as a stimulant to bring about a specific physiological reaction.
The most common type of tests for celiac disease include:
Serology Testing: measures the level of antibodies in the blood, the LetsGetChecked celiac blood test measures tTg (Tissue Transglutiminase) which is an enzyme, as well as EMA (Endomysial Antibodies) which is an antibody.
Genetic Testing: measures antigens in the blood that may be used to rule out celiac disease.
If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, your physician may order additional tests or carry out an endoscopy to view the damage that has already been caused to the villi that line the small intestine.
Celiac disease can affect you as an adult or a child, there is no known reason for this.
Celiac disease is most commonly diagnosed in those aged 40-60 years of age according to research carried out by the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.
It is widely estimated that 80% of people are living with celiac disease but are unaware of their condition. These numbers highlight the importance of getting tested if you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of celiac disease.
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Written by Hannah Kingston | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Dominic Rowley