Gluten Sensitivity Test at Home vs Doctor’s Office – Results Compared!
Oddly enough, gluten intolerance symptoms in children and adults can be quite more severe than those found in celiac disease, the named condition requiring an abstinence from all things gluten. Unfortunately, there is little medically that can be done, such as a gluten sensitivity test, to definitively diagnose intolerance to the common digestive irritant.
You will find a whole slew of private labs that claim, somehow, that they have defied medical science and offer a gluten sensitivity test. They claim that gene variations, which are not actually found in everyone who experiences symptoms of intolerance, can help diagnose sensitivity. The fact is it’s just not true. Medical science has not yet found a biomarker that can truly identify a mere intolerance to gluten. At a cost of between $100 and $300, with less than optimal results or definitive answers, private tests are a waste of time and money. Blood tests in the doctor’s office however can be done to identify food allergies for people experiencing such effects as wheat allergy symptoms, and in people with celiac disease, a blood test or biopsy can quickly identify the source of the problem.
You won’t find any help on a gluten sensitivity test at the doctor’s office either. More than likely, you will have blood work done to determine if you have celiac disease or a food allergy, but sensitivities to gluten are diagnosed via a symptom and health history, and there are some doctors that still don’t recognize it as a valid condition. Because of the gluten-free craze that has swept the country, some in the medical community are skeptical at the recent rise in people claiming that they need a gluten sensitivity diet to combat their symptoms given the exponential rise in purported susceptibility to intolerance symptoms.
However, just because there is no such thing as a gluten sensitivity test does not mean that you can’t play detective on your own and figure out if your fatigue, headaches, and gastrointestinal ails (all signs of the condition) are being caused by gluten. Consider keeping a food log, a great tool whether you seek medical help for your symptoms or try dietary changes on your own. By monitoring what you eat and when you experience symptoms, you will be able to start to identify what specifically is triggering your adverse effects. The same food log will also prove useful should you decide to talk to your health care provider about your symptoms. While there is no gluten sensitivity test available, he or she can work with you to examine your symptoms and help you understand if you should consider starting a gluten free diet, or, perhaps undergo more diagnostic testing.
Researchers are hard at work trying to unravel the mysteries of the effects that gluten has on the body. In time, they may find more adequate ways of identifying and diagnosing non-celiac related forms of the condition. However, in the mean time, the best method of investigation is not an overpriced gluten sensitivity test, is to try a gluten free diet and see how it affects your symptoms.