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Hi everyone! I'm a newly diagnosed Celiac in Colorado. I'm still learning and adjusting to this lifestyle. I'm looking to connect with people in similar situations and collect any helpful advice!
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replied April 1st, 2018
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Gluten is a complex protein present in four main grains---wheat, rye, barley and oats. If you have gluten intolerance, then you probably have celiac disease or Non Celiac gluten sensitivity. There are blood tests called celiac test to detect gluten intolerance. If you have gluten sensitivity then you need to avoid all gluten containing food items like wheat, barley, oats, rye etc. Contrary to popular belief, oats have gluten. At least during their processing some gluten is added. However since oats are not gluten rich, many people with gluten intolerance or sensitivity tolerate oats. Also gluten free oats are available.

If you have celiac disease you will need regular screening for vitamin B12, iron, calcium, folate and TSH levels. People with celiac disease are also often known to suffer from thyroid disorders. Also you may need bone density scan more often as you grow older. You need to urge other family members (especially immediate blood relations) to test for celiac.

Check all food labels (for obvious and hidden gluten sources) before buying any packaged, bottled and tinned products. While eating out, place your order after ensuring there is no gluten in it (some times gluten free pasta is cooked in water where gluten containing pasta was boiled etc). Other tips which are especially helpful for people who have a severe gluten intolerance: You should not share toasters etc if others in the family are eating gluten. You must have your own cutting board, baking dish, butter paper etc. You need to avoid inhaling gluten congaing products like while sieving flour you are using for cooking for others.

Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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