How do females know if they have celiac disease or if they need the GFCF diet? Are symptoms different in kids?

Question by milagro78: How do females know if they have celiac disease or if they need the GFCF diet? Are symptoms different in kids?
I have 2 children with Autism and many friends have their children on the GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free) diet. It sounds pretty tough. But I was looking at some of the symptoms I am thinking I want to go to a doctor to get myself checked out.

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Answer by Elana
Celiac disease is considered a multi-organ system disease, with a variety of symptoms and is somewhat challenging to diagnose.

According to Dr. Peter Green, one of the leading celiac experts in the US the following blood tests aid in the diagnosis of of celiac disease:

Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) both IgA and IgG
Anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) – IgA
Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) – IgA
Total IgA level.

For test results to be accurate, a person must be consuming gluten, as these tests determine if you are a having an immune response to it.

The simple blood tests above can be ordered by any internist.

My two children and I are on a gluten-free diet. It is not such an easy thing, however feeling good makes it completely worthwhile.

You ask interesting questions. I hope this helps to answer them.

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