Don’t Wait to Get Tested for Gluten Issues

     If you suspect that you may have celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten, it’s important to take action now. Studies show that the longer the length of time before a celiac diagnosis, the greater the chance of developing serious health risks.

     Untreated celiac disease can actually be life-threatening. Celiac people are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated celiac disease has also been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.

     If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms regularly, even if you think you know why, you should schedule an appointment with your physician right away to get tested for celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Tina Turbin

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28 Responses to Don’t Wait to Get Tested for Gluten Issues

  1. Phyllis says:

    Thanks tina I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis, which seems strange since I think I have a decent amount of calcium in my diet. I will check out gluten sensitivity and celiac disease with my doctor.

  2. Dana says:

    I am not celiac but I know that this is good advice to follow with other conditions and diseases, too. If you have any doubts at all, go get tested! Don’t ignore your intuition. You’ll sleep better at night, trust me!

  3. Peggy says:

    I waited rather long to get tested because I was scared of what it might mean, doing the gluten-free diet, etc. It was so easy to get tested and on the GF diet I can still enjoy my favorites–they’re just free of gluten:)

  4. Jessica M says:

    I agree with Dana above. I’m not celiac or suspect that I am, but this is true of anything you might be anxious about! You can also get tested for all sorts of sensitivities and allergies at home with tests such as ALCAT.

  5. Maddie says:

    Now I want to get tested! After reading so much about gluten on your blogs, I’m wondering if my chronic migraines may be related to a gluten sensitivity.

  6. Jacklyn says:

    Thanks for this! SO excited to get my kids the Danny DVD this Xmas Tina, they love Danny!!!!!

  7. Jessica says:

    Thanks for sharing this I often wonder if I have food allergies or sensitivities or whatever so I think I’m going to get this checked out now!

  8. Deb says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Tina! I found out I was gluten sensitive last year and I’ve experienced a complete turn around after cutting out gluten. I highly recommend others get tested so that if they need to avoid gluten they can enjoy better health and happiness.

  9. Francoise says:

    Thank you tina for sharing this. It was very interesting to read!

  10. Mary Beth says:

    Do NOT wait! It could have serious effects on your health, plus the gluten free diet is actually easy once you get it down. Compared to other disease or health issues, this one isn’t so bad because you don’t need medication, which can have other side effects.

  11. Dana says:

    Especially if you think your children may have gluten issues! It’s just not fair to let them continue to experience damage to their intestinal lining and whatever other symptoms they may be manifesting.

  12. Julianna says:

    I got tested recently for gluten sensitivity but it didn’t show up, but I found that I’m sensitive to wheat and lactose, so I’m cutting down on those now. I’m glad I got this testing done. Mostly I’ve noticed that my energy levels are higher.

  13. Daisy Phillips says:

    Hi Tina thanks for sharing this vital message! So many people are suffering out there without knowing why they feel the way they do. Thanks to people like you, they can finally get answers!

  14. Amanda Thompson says:

    No definitely don’t wait. I already commented on another post that a woman I knew had depression very badly and as soon as she got onto the GF diet (she was diagnosed celiac) she experienced such a huge change. It isn’t worth it to sit around and wait to take action.

  15. Sandy Sylmar says:

    This seems like very sage advice, Ms. Tina!

  16. Elizabeth Gill says:

    No, you really shouldn’t. I was scared of the costs but I found that I actually–get this–save more now on the GF diet. This is because I finally learned how to cook myself, and from scratch mostly. Also certain items and expenses related to the GF diet and celiac disease are actually tax deductible.

  17. Becky Lombracker says:

    I am so happy you’re encouraging this. There are millions of people undiagnosed as of yet with celiac disease.

  18. Maggie says:

    No, you certainly don’t want to wait at all. Make an appointment today with a qualified medical practitioner for testing!

  19. Flora says:

    This might seem like common sense, but it really is hard sometimes to do what you need to do in order to get yourself diagnosed.

  20. Sharon says:

    Do not wait!!!! Make an appointment right away!

  21. Gina McClure says:

    You speak the truth!!!

  22. Teresa says:

    Don’t wait–it’s true! The day I got diagnosis was the ultimate turning point in my life and I’m so grateful to this day that I’ve been lucky enough to figure out what was going on with my body!

  23. Vanessa McCoy says:

    I hear ya! This is definitely something you don’t want to neglect!

  24. Norma says:

    No you definitely don’t want to wait, especially when it comes to your children!

  25. Jackie says:

    It’s not really that hard or even THAT expensive to get tested. In the end you are saving yourself a lot of hassle and financial problems that come with severe physical problems that can be caused by putting off testing today!

  26. Sharon Silvers says:

    Don’t wait– you’re so lucky to even know about gluten issues! I knew nothing about gluten sensitivity or celiac disease for years!

  27. Claire Dunham says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s true, there are so many serious conditions that people can develop from gluten even if you aren’t really experiencing symptoms.

  28. Lucinda says:

    @Dana I got tested for gluten issues because I have IBS and everything came back negative. I really DO sleep better!

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