Is celiac disease hereditary?

Q: Is celiac disease hereditary? I have a sibling and an adult child who have celiac disease Answer Yes, celiac disease is a genetic disease and hereditary, so if you have a relative with the disease the risk is higher to have it. Prevalence of celiac disease: 1st degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling): 1 in 22 2nd …

Diagnosing celiac disease after going on a GF diet

Q: Could you clarify for me the different ways to test for celiac disease? If you have been GF for a while, would a biopsy then not indicate celiac disease? If you could educate me on the diagnostic tests for celiac disease AFTER you have been GF for a period it would be greatly appreciated! Answer Generally, testing for celiac …

Are canker sores a symptom of celiac disease?

Q: Are canker sores a symptom of celiac disease? Answer Yes, canker sores/mouth ulcers also referred to as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) are common in people with celiac disease and can be a symptom of celiac disease. Canker sores are thought to be related to nutritional deficiencies (iron, folate and B12) and diseases involving the immune system such as celiac …

Neurological disorders

Q: What are the neurological disorders that may accompany celiac disease? Answer Neurological disorders are common among people with celiac disease (CD). They can be present at time of diagnosis or can be a complication of celiac disease over time. Neurological disorders are likely due to nutrient deficiencies as a result of malabsorption and inflammation in celiac disease. Some neurological disorders may …

What to eat after being glutened

Q: What are the best foods to eat after being “glutened”? Getting exposed to gluten is no fun and can happen to any of us despite our best efforts. Unfortunately, there is not much one can do once gluten has accidentally been ingested, but here are some tips that might be helpful for recovery following a gluten exposure: Just a …

Weight gain

Q: Why do I weigh more since going gluten-free? A side-effect of going on the gluten-free (GF) diet is sometimes weight gain. It could be due to several things: Here are some tips to stay healthy on a GF diet: Decreasing sugar: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/how-can-i-find-gluten-free-items-with-less-sugar/ Decreasing salt: https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/reducing-salt-and-sugar-in-gf-foods/ How to increase fiber in the GF diet: Eat less processed GF foods and …

Gluten allergy

Q:  Is “gluten allergy” the correct term to use in regards to having celiac disease? Thank you. Celiac disease (CD) is not an allergy but an autoimmune disease. People with CD have an autoimmune reaction involving IgA antibodies when gluten is ingested. An allergy is different and involves a different branch of the immune system, so the term gluten allergy …

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS)

Q: Can you address non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)? How is it diagnosed? What are the symptoms of NCGS?  What are possible complications with NCGS vs celiac disease? What is the treatment? Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, also called non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS) is a much-debated, poorly understood, and intensely researched condition in the celiac scientific community. The term NCWS also includes …

Can a chef with CD taste food he cooks with gluten?

Q: Hi! My partner is a chef with celiac disease. Is it ok if he follows a gluten-free diet but still tastes the food? (very small amount of food containing gluten) I just want to know how risky it is. Following a strict gluten-free diet free of cross-contact is the only way to stay safe and healthy when you have …