A recent video developed by NFCA is making the rounds, and I highly suggest everyone share it. ""Seriously, Celiac" explains in a simple way why it's important for family members of those with celiac disease to get tested. Go ahead and watch it...
The thing that struck a cord the most with me is when they brought up the "c word." Yes, cancer. I don't mention it to scare people, I mention it to encourage people to be proactive. Undiagnosed celiac disease and/or not adhering to a strict gluten-free diet dramatically increase your chances of developing intestinal cancer.
So my 100th post goes out to all of those who haven't been tested. I understand that it can be incredibly difficult to get doctors to run the test, but what do you have to lose? GO GET TESTED!
If you don't know what to ask for, check out information from the experts at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.
Worst case scenario? The blood test comes back positive, and you need an endoscopy. If the endoscopy comes back positive, then you go on a gluten-free diet. You don't need medication, you don't need constant follow up appointments, you don't feel sick constantly. You go on a gluten free diet, and it's resolved.
Have you already been diagnosed with celiac disease? Share this video, and encourage your family members to get tested.
What's the worst case scenario for them? See above.