As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I’m always searching for ways to improve life for the gluten-intolerant community, especially for innovative tools and technology. The gluten-intolerance home testing kit, which make use one-hundred percent accurate genetic testing, is an example of the cutting-edge advance the gluten-intolerant community can benefit from.
The statistics are staggering, with one in every 100 Americans suffers from celiac disease, but once the disease is diagnosed, it can be simply treated with a change in diet—the elimination of gluten. Unfortunately, celiac disease is as difficult to diagnose as it is easy to treat. Doctors don’t know very much about it, so they don’t even think to test for it. What’s more, conventional testing methods can often be inaccurate. With the advent of genetic testing, however, a doctor visit can be bypassed with one-hundred-percent accurate DNA testing in the privacy of your own home.
Celiac disease (also spelled coeliac) is an autoimmune response to gluten, a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s the only autoimmune disease not funded in its research and by the U.S. government, even though an estimated 3 million Americans have it and only three percent have been correctly diagnosed. Left untreated, the disease can cause severe health conditions and complications such as anemia, osteoporosis, miscarriage, and even cancer. Doctors have been using the conventional methods of intestinal biopsies and blood antibody tests, but gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can both be tested for using genetic testing. Not only may this be more convenient, but it can be more accurate, as the conventional test can often have incorrect results.
Genetic tests determine how a fraction of a person’s immune system reacts to gluten. On the other hand, in conventional blood tests, only the gluten found in wheat (gliadin) is measured and gluten-sensitive and celiac people react variously to gluten with a variety of symptoms, such as intestinal difficulties, migraines, mental problems, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, and psoriasis, just to name a few. DNA testing is the only way to test for gluten intolerance with results that are totally accurate.
The testing process itself is simple. A test kit is mailed to one’s home. Needles or drawing blood aren’t required, only cheek swabs. There is also the advantage of maintaining confidentiality between a person and his insurance company. The results are also quickly returned with a simple positive or negative result, along with a helpful video available for download in the case that one’s results are positive. Families receive a discount when they purchase 2 or more kits.
Who should get tested? Celiac disease has a wide variety of symptoms. Anyone who has intestinal troubles, chronic fatigue, chronic anemia, skin disorders like eczema, psychological problems, child mental disorders like ADD or autism, diabetes, or any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
As awareness about gluten intolerance increases in the United States, more and more groups, companies, and individuals are committing themselves to serving the celiac community. The DNA home testing kit is one example of the sort of innovation that’s possible with increased awareness; it will surely lead to more diagnoses and less suffering among the gluten-intolerant community. For more information, visit http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/genetic-testing-for-gluten-sensitivity.
Gluten Free Society: Genetic Testing for GS
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.