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Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity: Indicators and Testing

This video is an update on the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. Most people tend to self-diagnose gluten sensitivity, based on their own experience (i.e. they stop eating gluten and start feeling better). The trouble with self-diagnosis that it doesn't always cover all matter of health issues. Gluten sensitivity can sometimes take many years to manifest itself in symptoms and the symptoms can be an indicator of another immune system disorder or health concern - and you don't want to wait for years before dealing with this issue.

Your best indicator of gluten sensitivity might be another auto immune disorder, such as Hashimoto's Syndrome, or if a close family member has a gluten sensitivity, it may be likely that you have one also. You may want to get tested.Testing isn't perfect, but it's getting better. Look for specialty testing that can offer the most reliable results.

Keep in mind that if you have full blown Celiac's Disease, you might still not get a good diagnosis from your doctor, as many healthcare professionals aren't up to speed on gluten sensitivity issues.

So, what to do if you want to know? We recommend getting an antibody panel (we use Cyrex Labs), but you can also look at other forms of testing, such as genetic testing, stool testing, and an ALCAT test, which is extensive and can give you more information.

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