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It’s estimated that approximately 1% of the population of the United States lives with celiac disease—although some research suggests that the number could be higher than that.
If you think you have celiac disease, it’s important to get tested to find out for sure. When left untreated, celiac disease can cause a range of health issues, including anemia, osteoporosis, malnutrition, stunted growth in children, and nervous system problems such as migraines.
Wondering how to prepare for a celiac blood test? Here’s everything you need to know about the procedure.
The first step to getting tested for celiac disease is having a conversation with your healthcare provider. Discuss your concerns and your symptoms. They’ll consider a variety of factors in determining whether or not a celiac disease test is worthwhile, including:
Once you’ve discussed your symptoms and medical history with your healthcare provider, they may decide to order a celiac blood test. How is celiac disease diagnosed? In fact, there are two different testing procedures for helping to diagnose celiac disease.
Unlike some medical testing procedures that require patients to fast or avoid certain foods, in this case gluten foods and beverages for a certain period of time leading up to the celiac disease test, how to prepare for a celiac blood test is comparatively easy.
In fact, when it comes to preparing for your celiac blood test, there’s just one important thing to keep in mind: keep consuming gluten. 
It’s understandable if that seems counterintuitive. If you think you have a gluten allergy, why would you continue to put it in your body?
The reason is actually pretty simple. As mentioned above, celiac disease is essentially an inflammatory immune response that’s triggered when gluten is introduced into your system. It’s indicated by the presence of special antibodies that are meant to fight off the threat posed by gluten. But if your body doesn’t detect gluten in your system, it doesn’t know to start producing those antibodies.
When you’re experiencing food sensitivities, it’s tempting to remove the offending foods from your diet. But if you cut out celiac before a simple blood test, the test won’t be effective in measuring your body’s anti-gluten antigen levels.
How to prepare for celiac blood test is pretty simple, but the celiac disease testing process itself is a little more complicated.
After your initial serology or genetic test, your healthcare provider will review your test results. If they indicate that you may have celiac disease, your healthcare provider will likely order more medical tests to verify the findings. Additionally, celiac disease testing often includes:
Having an undiagnosed sensitivity to food can be frightening. That’s why getting tested is so important—it’s the only way to definitively identify which foods are making you ill.
Fortunately, there’s a simple way to test yourself for celiac disease: the Everlywell at-home Celiac Disease Screening Test. This easy-to-use, at-home test checks for antigens that could signal celiac disease, like your total IgA, tTg-IgA, and G (DGP-IgG) antigens.
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