Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | General Health

Lab tests for celiac disease are essential to appropriate treatment

Category: General Health

A significant number of Americans have celiac disease and do not know it.Individuals who wonder if they have a chronic adverse reaction to gluten may want to consider undergoing a lab test for celiac disease. However, new research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that not enough people are being properly screened.

In order to measure the prevalence of celiac disease in the U.S. a team of scientists combined blood test records with interviews.

Data analyses suggested that 1.8 million Americans have a gluten intolerance, but 1.4 million are unaware of it. Furthermore, 1.6 million individuals are eating a gluten-free diet despite the fact that they do not have celiac disease.

"There are a lot of people on a gluten-free diet, and it's not clear what the medical need for that is," said researcher Joseph Murray, M.D. "It is important if someone thinks they might have celiac disease that they be tested first before they go on the diet."

People who, with the help of a lab test, find out they actually have celiac disease need to make certain dietary adjustments. This includes avoidance of products that contain wheat, barley and rye, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health. However, rice, soy, corn, legumes and other foods are okay.ADNFCR-2248-ID-800832185-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top