Monday, May 14, 2007

BBC NEWS | Health | Long wait for coeliac diagnosis

From the BBC :
"People with coeliac disease are waiting an average of 13 years to be diagnosed, a poll has revealed.

The gut disorder is caused by gluten intolerance, and can lead to bone problems, infertility or bowel cancer....

It also found patients often have to insist on being given the blood test, which is the first step to diagnosis."
Read more here.

This is very related to THYROID because I read somewhere that 50% of people with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac...if eating wheat makes you feel funny, you owe it to youself to get yourself checked out.

p.s. if you have been following a gluten or wheat free diet, a celiac test may not be accurate, since your body may have stopped producing the antibiodies, but if you feel you react to wheat, there's no reason not to put yourself on a gluten free diet.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

I have celiac disease and it took forever to get the proper diagnosis, but when I finally did receive the DX and adopted gluten-free lifestyle my health and fertility improved dramatically.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Jenny, Thanks for that! That's oe of the main reason I am so wary about IVF...there are so many things one should try first, I think!

cheers,
marie

p.s. I love Green Mommy and will put you on the blogroll.

Wende Bartolomeo www.ForeverHealthyDiet.com said...

While waiting to get the diagnosis from the doctor, you can try this yourself:
Remove all gluten from your diet. Eat millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat grains instead. (Also be sure you aren't eating gluten as a binding agent in other foods.)
Keep all gluten out of your diet for 2 weeks. Monitor how you feel. Then eat something containing gluten and see if there is a reaction. You may feel brain-fog, lethargic, have tummy issues or feel plain terrible. These are all indicators that you should stay away from gluten!
I believe more people are sensitive to gluten than we realize. So, enjoy learning about some new wonderful, nutrient-dense foods and have some fun cooking in your kitchen!
Wende Bartolomeo
www.ForeverHealthyDiet.com

Wheat Free said...

I don't have celiac - I know because I had the test done twice for the very reason you mention. The first time I felt fine because I'd not been eating wheat for a long time.

The second time I ate wheat for a month or two before the test. The first day was great - eating all that food I missed. After that the symptoms kicked in (it takes about a day for me) and I just felt like hell the whole time, and for over a month afterwards. I'm still just as paranoid about avoiding wheat as if I had celiac though.

kathyj333 said...

I was diagnosed with thyroid disease several years ago and have problems when I eat wheat. The trouble is i can't stop eating it. If I try to give it up, I crave it. Any suggestion?

Green Fertility Marie said...

Hi Kathy,

I'm not a doctor but in my experience, a craving often means allergy! Our son craved the foods he was most allergic to. Just eat veggies and fruits and brown rice and meat for a few weeks and see how you feel!

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