It’s a new year and my goal in 2015 is to teach us all, as much as I can, about gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Knowledge is a gift. The more we know, the smoother our daily lives will be. So, here we go:
- Celiac disease is a genetic disease (according the Chicago Celiac Disease Center). So, if you have celiac disease, you either have the HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 gene. And yes, this means you received that gene from a parent (even though they may, or may not, have the disease- one of them gave you the gene). If you have the gene, this also means you can pass it on your sweet kiddos.
- 95% of people with celiac disease have the HLA-DQ2 gene (that’s the one I have).
- 5% of people with celiac disease have the HLA-DQ8 gene.
- If you have the gene, this does NOT mean you will develop the disease, it just means you are at risk of developing the disease. If you get tested and learn that you HAVE the gene, it would be wise to talk to your doctor and get screened via a blood test annually (or at minimum, every 2 years). Also, if you have the gene, keep an eye out for symptoms or anything abnormal in your regular blood work (such an any vitamin deficiencies)- which can be a flag for celiac disease.
- A genetic test, according to the Chicago Celiac Disease Center, can rule out celiac disease.
SO, how do I get tested? Your Doctor can order a gene test for you, or on your own though enterolab.com (out of pocket cost).
If this was helpful, please share this (tweet it, facebook it, pin it, print it out and frame it- haha!) with your family and friends- help me spread awareness and the gluten free LOVE! Happy NEW YEAR!!!
Lauren Lucille Vasser
“The Celiac Diva”
*Please note: updated info- According to Dr Alessio Fasano, there are some very rare cases where celiac patients have neither of these genes.