celiac disease

The average timeframe for diagnosis of Celiac disease in Canada is 10 years. Because the symptoms can range from mild to severe and there is no definitive symptom (other than Dermatitis Hepitaformis), Celiac disease can often be overlooked. Once considered, Celiac blood tests are taken which can take up to 3 weeks for results and may provide a reasonable diagnosis.

Celiac disease is a serious, lifelong, gastrointestinal disorder in which gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, causes intestinal damage. This results in an inability of the body to absorb key nutrients (eg. calcium, magnesium and iron), which are necessary for good health.

Celiac disease can cause a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, depression, weight gain or loss and skin disorders.

If celiac disease is diagnosed early and treated the damaged tissues can heal and the risk of developing many of the long term complications of this disease, including osteoporosis, some intestinal cancers and infertility can be reduced.

No two people with Celiac disease experience the disease the same way, making it extremely difficult to diagnose. Celiac symptoms are numerous and varied and do not occur at any specific time in the life of a Celiac patient. Patients often feel “lousy” for as long as 10 years while continuing to eat gluten, since they don’t know what is wrong.

To avoid this long wait, Celiac test kit can provide immediate results in the convenience of your own home.


The following groups of individuals have an increased incidence of Celiac disease:

  • Approx. 1 in 10 relatives of Celiac patients will also have Celiac disease
  • Approx. 1 in 20 individuals with Type I diabetes will also have Celiac disease
  • Approx. 5-10% of individuals suffering from anemia will also have Celiac disease
  • Approx. 10% of European Irish will test positive for Celiac disease
The Good News: There is a great deal of promising research in the area of Celiac disease management. CELIACSURE™ can provide you with an immediate, at home diagnosis.

Did you know that Celiac disease is:

Twice as common as Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Ulcerative Colitis combined
More common than Alzheimer’s Disease
More common than Rheumatoid Arthritis
More common than Type 1 Diabetes
More common than Autism

The Good News: There is a great deal of promising research in the area of Celiac disease management. CELIACSURE™ can provide you with a fast, at home diagnosis.

gluten can be hidden in the following foods:

The below list is not all inclusive

Candy such as licorice, gum and some chocolates
Herbal supplements
Drugs and over the counter medicines

Processed luncheon meats
Imitation bacon
Imitation seafood
Self-basting poultry

Soy sauce
Broth and soup bases
Breading, coating mixes, bread crumbs, croutons

The good News: There is now a test available to check for Gluten in food. The EZ Gluten Test kit is a easy to use home test that will quickly detect the presence of gluten in food.

Watch out for the following terms which may indicate the presence of Gluten.

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Caramel colour
Modified starch
Malt or Malt flavoring

The Good News: Health Canada has recognized that the labeling of food allergens needs to be enhanced and is accepting comments from the public to be taken into consideration for the final revised regulations which will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. For more information, please see Health Canada’s website.

Is the future optimistic?

There is a lot of promising research into Celiac Disease including:

  • Vaccines
  • Enzyme research similar to lactase for lactose intolerance
  • Medication that blocks the gene for Celiac Disease (DQ2)

The Good News: The future in Celiac diagnosis is now. CELIACSURE™ is the first home test licensed by Health Canada for the diagnosis of Celiac disease (December 2007).

You can substitute 1 cup of wheat flour for the following:

Candy such as licorice, gum and some chocolates
Herbal supplements
Drugs and over the counter medicines

Note: When using substitute starches and flours, you may find the recipe turns out best if you bake the food longer and at a lower temperature.


A gluten free diet should only be started after consulting with your medical doctor.

The Good News

Don’t be discouraged if you do not see immediate improvement in your symptoms once you switch to a gluten free diet. It can take up to two years for the existing damage to the intestinal villi to repair itself. During this time, the IgA autoantibody levels will decrease. In some cases, the amount of antibodies will often become undetectable a few weeks after a change in the diet or within six months.


CELIACSURE™ is a good tool for monitoring the effect of a gluten free diet. A successful gluten free diet in a Celiac patient will result in a negative CELIACSURE™ result because the auto antibody levels will decrease beyond a detectable amount.

Note: Health Canada released its position on Oats in a celiac diet. For more information, see the Health Canada website.


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