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Gluten Intolerance Test

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If you are experiencing symptoms like digestive distress, fatigue, or other issues that might be linked to gluten intolerance, consider exploring further with GetTested’s Gluten Intolerance Test. This test accurately identifies the presence of IgA antibodies against tissue transglutaminase (tTG), which is a key marker for celiac disease. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune condition triggered by gluten, and accurate diagnosis is crucial.

Alongside the Gluten Intolerance Test, consider our Leaky Gut Test to explore potential gut permeability issues related to gluten and our Allergy & Intolerance Test to pinpoint other wheat-related reactions.

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Gluten Intolerance and Its Symptoms

Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat and other grains. Many foods, including pasta, cereal, and beer, as well as vitamins and cosmetics, contain grain and thus gluten. Gluten acts as a binder, holding food together. For instance, without gluten, pizza dough would easily tear. Most people tolerate gluten well, as it can be beneficial for the good bacteria in the gut. However, some people experience serious side effects after consuming gluten, indicating gluten intolerance.

When you have gluten intolerance, you might feel sick after eating products containing gluten. Gluten intolerance is one of the most prominent autoimmune diseases, affecting about 1% of the world's population.

Common Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance and celiac disease include:

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Infertility
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Skin problems, such as rash
  • Headache

Gluten intolerance can also lead to mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Concentration problems
  • Depression

Research has also established a link between celiac disease and both infertility and menstrual cycle changes in women.

Gluten Intolerance vs. Celiac Disease: Understanding the Difference

Gluten intolerance shares similarities with celiac disease and wheat allergy. People with gluten sensitivity and those with celiac disease experience similar symptoms. However, there's a crucial distinction. Celiac disease triggers the body to treat gluten as a harmful invader, leading to damage in the digestive tract. It's caused by an abnormal gene, which is not present in those with gluten sensitivity.

Individuals with gluten sensitivity or intolerance may not need to follow a strictly gluten-free diet. In contrast, people with celiac disease must avoid gluten completely, as even the smallest amount can cause long-term harm.

Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can lead to various nutrient deficiencies due to the damage it causes in the small intestine, affecting nutrient absorption. Key nutrients that individuals with celiac disease often find themselves deficient in include:

  • Iron: Reduced absorption can lead to anemia, a common issue in celiac disease.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D: Essential for bone health, deficiencies in these nutrients increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Folate and Vitamin B12: Important for red blood cell formation, their deficiency can also result in anemia.
  • Zinc: Necessary for immune function and skin health, zinc deficiency is common in individuals with celiac disease.
  • Vitamin B6: Crucial for metabolism and brain function, a lack of Vitamin B6 can affect overall health and well-being.

Identifying and addressing these deficiencies through diet or supplementation is crucial for managing celiac disease and improving quality of life.

FAQ

How is the Gluten intolerance test carried out?

Our Gluten intolerance test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the blood sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Is the Gluten intolerance test the same gluten intoelrance that is measured as in the Food intolerance tests 40, 80 or 240?

No, the Gluten intolerance test is not the same as the gluten intolerance measurement included in the Food Intolerance tests 40, 80, or 240. Celiac disease, which is often associated with gluten intolerance, is an autoimmune condition where the body produces IgA/IgG antibodies against gluten and a human enzyme called tissue Transglutaminase (tTG). The diagnosis of celiac disease is comprehensive and may include a biopsy. Positive results for antibodies against tTG are a significant indicator of celiac disease. On the other hand, IgG4 antibodies against gluten, which are typically measured in food intolerance tests, do not indicate celiac disease. These antibodies show an immunological reaction to a particular food, like gluten, but not an autoimmune reaction. Elevated IgG4 levels for a specific food, combined with symptoms, can suggest a food sensitivity. This can be a starting point for an elimination diet to see if the symptoms improve, but it's not a definitive indicator of celiac disease. In summary, while both tests involve gluten, they measure different responses and serve different purposes in assessing gluten-related health issues.

Anything to consider before taking the test?

Yes, you must have been exposed to gluten before taking the test.

When should I take the test?

The test can be taken at any time of the day.

What happens if I fail to take the sample?

If you read the instructions carefully before you take the test and it should go well. Should something go wrong, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Example Report

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Example of Gluten Intolerance Test

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  • Isabel
    Ever since my college days, I'd felt this persistent tug of discomfort every time I indulged in my favorite sandwiches or pasta dishes. It was subtle at first – just an inkling that something wasn’t right. But over the years, it escalated to a point where I'd start predicting discomfort even before I finished my meal. It became my normal until a dear friend mentioned gluten intolerance. I scoffed initially, but the seed of curiosity was planted. Enter the Gluten Intolerance Test by GetTested. The convenience of doing the test at home appealed to me. I expected a complicated procedure, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everything was clearly laid out, and the step-by-step guide was incredibly user-friendly. What I truly appreciated, however, was the depth of information I received once my results were in. Not only was I gluten intolerant (an 'Aha!' moment in itself), but the detailed report also provided insight into the levels of my intolerance, as well as actionable advice on how to adjust my diet. Since adapting my food choices, the change in my overall wellbeing has been night and day. I'm ever so grateful to GetTested for bridging the gap between uncertainty and clarity. :)
  • Felicity
    Having suspected a gluten intolerance for years but always postponing an official test, I decided to finally get the GetTested's Gluten Intolerance Test. The entire experience, right from ordering to receiving the results, was absolutely seamless. The kit arrived on time and was packaged really well. The instructions provided were clear and easy to follow, even for someone who's not very medical-savvy like me. Within a week, I received my results and, as suspected, I am intolerant to gluten. The detailed report provided not just the results but also gave me insights on how to adjust my diet and lifestyle. To anyone sitting on the fence about this, I'd say - go for it! It's a small investment for a healthier future.

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