What if you haven’t run any blood tests, but know that you can’t eat gluten?
There are many people who discover through trial and error that eliminating gluten from their diet helps them to feel much better. These people often have not undergone any testing. And really, what is the point? You don’t need someone else to tell you that you feel better.
I always honor my patients’ right to know that they can’t eat gluten. Who am I to tell them otherwise? There usually isn’t any point in testing them, since any test for celiac disease or gluten intolerance will typically be negative once a person has stopped eating gluten for a while. And asking someone to eat gluten for at least a month so that I can verify their gluten intolerance seems illogical when you consider how ill that usually will make them feel.
The common treatment for everyone with Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
Whether you have celiac disease, are gluten intolerant, or just think that everyone on earth should avoid gluten (I don’t think this), then you are left with the same treatment plan, avoid gluten. Some people believe that celiac disease is a more severe form of gluten intolerance, but the evidence does not necessarily support this. Many celiacs are basically asymptomatic. And many non-celiac gluten intolerant individuals are very ill.
“Gluten intolerance” covers us all
In the end, the words “gluten intolerance” cover anyone who can’t eat gluten, regardless of the reason.