Eating Gluten Before A Celiac Disease Screening

I received a post in my twitter feed about how much gluten to consume if you plan to be tested for celiac disease. It was posted by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. They suggested eating at least 1 serving of food that contains gluten every day for at least 12 weeks prior to testing.

I understand the sentiment behind their suggestion and also understand that they are trying to advocate that people need to ingest gluten regularly before a celiac disease screening to accurately diagnose whether or not they have the condition.

That said, there’s a part of me that as I read this just wanted to scream, “Are you insane?”

Eat Gluten if They Want to Test for Celiac? Really?

12 Weeks = 3 Months  
That’s 3 Months Of Feeling Lousy  
3 Months Of Having Gluten Do Damage To Your Body

Damage Gluten Can Begin to Do in 12 Weeks

Here are some of the things that could be transpiring during those 3 months:

  • Headaches
  • Brain Fog
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Foods that contain glutenBloating
  • Arthritis
  • Irritability or depression
  • Anemia
  • Stomach upset
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Skin rash
  • Mouth sores
  • Dental and bone disorders (such as osteoporosis)
  • Tingling in the legs and feet (neuropathy)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Disease
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (Cancer)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Obesity
  • Osteomalacia or Low Bone Density
  • Thyroid and Pancreatic Disorders
  • Type I Diabetes

And that’s only naming a few of the possible ways gluten can damage your body.

Is This the Best Way We Have to Test for Celiac?

Once again I’ll state that I completely understand that in order to get an accurate diagnosis through their current testing measures this is what they consider the best way to achieve that.

I just don’t know if I would want to eat gluten for 12 weeks to find out.  How do you feel about this recommendation?

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