DIAGNOSIS OF CELIAC DISEASE:
IMPORTANT: NEVER STOP EATING GLUTEN BEFORE YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO IT
This is the only way to avoid doing the tests for nothing and to help Doctors do a proper diagnosis.
First of all, it is important to state that there are not standard symptoms… actually there are celiac people not presenting any type of symptoms… this is one of the reasons why the diagnosis rate is so low and does not match with the statistics of 1% of population… Another reason is that the symptoms can be associated with other illnesses like psoriasis, fibromyalgia, diabetes (type 1), vitiligo, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis… that can be diagnosed apart from celiac disease. In case the patient is also celiac and the gluten intolerance is not detected, then the treatments for these other illnesses will never work as good as they would.
Anyhow, the diagnosis rate considerably rose along the past years. The diagnosis of celiac disease is a combination of different tests for a correct detection:
- Clinical criteria.
- Blood test.
- Intestinal biopsy.
- Genetic predisposition test.
- Confirmation after following a Gluten Free Diet during 12 months.
The prevalence of celiac disease is around 1%.