Diagnosing Celiac Disease
Because of the way that symptoms present with celiac patients, it’s difficult for healthcare providers to diagnose without prior knowledge if family members also have the disease. This contributes to the low diagnostic rates in the United States and it’s estimated that over eighty percent of the celiac population remains undiagnosed.
One way for a person to determine if they have gluten sensitivity is to completely eliminate products that contain gluten from the diet for at least sixty days and then reintroduce it. If your symptoms go away and then reappear after reintroduction, then chances are you have a gluten sensitivity. Another way is to have a doctor run a panel of the following tests for IgA antigliadin antibodies, which are usually found in about eighty percent of diagnosed celiac patients: IgG anti-gliadin antibodies,IgG anti-gliadin antibodies, IgA anti-endomysial antibodies, Tissue Transglutaminase antibodies, Total IgA antibodies, Genetic testing with HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8, Intestinal biopsy.