What is gluten?
Many people have adverse reactions to gluten which is part of the protein found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. In extreme cases this manifests itself as coeliac disease. However many sufferers, who would not necessarily be diagnosed as coeliac, find that their health improves dramatically with the removal of gluten from the diet.
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It is important to remember that some people have coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity without significant symptoms. Coeliac disease is usually recognised early in childhood, but may disappear in adolescence and reappear later in adulthood.
If you experience any of the following symptoms you should consider the Gluten sensitivity Coeliac Test.
- Unexplained weight loss, inability to maintain a healthy weight
- Diarrhoea, steatorrhoea (grey or light tan fatty stools)
- Foul-smelling stools that float
- Abdominal cramps
- Bloating and excessive wind
- Symptoms worse after eating wheat, oat, rye or barley
- Low energy, depression
- Aching joints
- Infants and children may experience failure to thrive (FTT) or stunted growth
- Weight gain and oedema may occur if there is an IgG-type reaction
Why choose the gluten antibody test?
- Identifies at an early age any possible gluten-sensitive patients and enables action to prevent any further damage to the gut wall, as well as the development of allergies or intolerances
- Prevents malnutrition and anaemia
- Detects gluten sensitivity
- Enables initial evaluations into coeliac disease
- If other members of the family have coeliac or gluten sensitivity it is important to check all family members as there is a genetic link
What is being measured
It is now known that coeliac disease involves an abnormal immune response in which the body produces specific gluten antibodies to fight the gluten but these react with an individual’s own digestive tract. Elevated levels of specific antibodies can diagnose this reaction.
Blood test that requires a blood sample.
You will need to arrange for a blood sample to be collected by a nurse at your G.P. service or at a private clinic or hospital. Any fee for this service is not included in with the test fee.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Before taking the test
If you have been avoiding gluten for some time one of the antibodies will come up with a false negative reading so it is important that you eat some gluten containing grains prior to completing the test.
See test instructions for more information
All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental.