Open to all, this educational day complete with a vendor fair and informative sessions with celiac experts, as well as an open Q&A with a distinguished panel of experts. The main event does not require registration, while preregistration for the Blood Screening portion is mandatory (information below).
During Celiac Education Day we offer testing for up to 500 people from all over the country, including a free antibody blood screening to test people at risk for celiac disease. Many of the participants would not otherwise have access to celiac disease testing because either their doctors refused to carry out the tests or their insurance would not cover the cost, or they were uninsured altogether.
You are eligible for the blood screening if:
The antibody screening tests for celiac disease are not accurate if one is following a gluten-free diet. If you have removed gluten from your diet, it will typically require that gluten is reintroduced on a daily basis, with at least one serving per day (1/2 slice of bread or a cracker), for 12 weeks prior to the antibody blood screening tests. This is sometimes referred to as a gluten challenge, which should only be conducted under a physician’s supervision.
The antibody blood screening tests for celiac disease are: