Because removing gluten from your diet makes it practically impossible to diagnose the degree of your possible gluten intolerance, there are many reasons why we don’t recommend doing so:
- Know the severity of your gluten intolerance. Celiac disease can lead to other serious health issues and you should, at least, rule it out if possible.
- Determine the likelihood that your family members may also be prone to the disease.
- Gluten-free diets may cause nutritional deficiencies that could lead to other health issues in those who don’t need to eat gluten free.
- Gluten-free diets make it tougher to diagnose the disease. In fact, should you wish to be tested it’s best to resume a normal diet for at least 12 weeks to ensure accurate blood test results.
Look for a clinic (perhaps, inquire with your public health department) in your area that may provide inexpensive or free testing. Also, look for free blood-screening events
like the one that we provide at our Center in Chicago each October. December, 2012