Thursday, May 29, 2014

Celiac Disease Awareness Month - May 29, 2014

Each day this month, I will be posting something about Celiac Disease.

Day 29:

Today's info comes from WebMD.

Who should undergo antibody blood tests for celiac disease?

Experts in the U.S. recommend antibody blood tests for people who have a higher likelihood than normal of having celiac disease. They include those with:
  1. Chronic diarrhea (diarrhea that does not resolve in three weeks), increased amount of fat in the stool (steatorrhea), and weight loss
  2. Excess gas, bloating, and abdominal distension
  3. Parents or siblings with celiac disease
  4. Growth retardation
  5. Unexplained iron deficiency anemia, or deficiency of folate and vitamin B12 
  6. Skin blisters that are itchy (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  7. Recurrent, painful mouth sores (aphthous stomatitis)
  8. Diseases associated with celiac disease, such as type I (insulin-dependent) diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease,  rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, ulcerative colitis, etc.

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