Podcast Episode 04: How to Get Tested for Celiac Disease

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The latest episode of my Hold The Gluten Podcast is now live!

Episode 4 “Get Tested!” Features:

  • Discussion on genetic testing and blood tests.  Exactly who needs them?
  • The genetic test for Celiac Disease is known as the Celiac Disease DNA Test.  To clarify even further, specify HLA genotyping of the DQA1 and DQB1 genes.
  • The Celiac Disease DNA test is most useful for family members of individuals with the disease — particularly first-degree relatives— such as parents, siblings, or children of people who have been diagnosed.
  • A Celiac Blood Panel should also be performed to check antibodies.
  • Celiac Blood Panel tests include: Anti-endomysial antibody test (EMA-IgA), Total Serum IgA, and Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG-IgA)
  • What happens if a family member does test positive for the Celiac Gene but negative for Celiac Disease?  What next?

Read the blog. Listen to the podcast. Educate yourself.

Rock on Celiacs!

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.


  1. I just wanted to thank you for this informative podcast and all the information you have on your blog. I recently was tested because I have always had stomach problems but by most doctors were dismissed. After going through extensive testing they were unable to confirm I have Celiacs but my gene testing stated I had the gene and my antibodies were extremely high for Celiacs. Upon doing a Endoscopy/Colonoscopy they stated I didn’t have enough damage to my small intestine to confirm but it could take years to properly diagnose, since I have a rare case of testing high for antibodies but no apparent damage. Upon getting all of this done my mom recently went through the same testing (which she her stomach problems were always misdiagnosed) and after doing an Endoscopy confirmed that she had a serious case of Celiacs. Following that several family members have been tested and all confirmed. The doctors seem to think I’m at the start of having it and we caught it too early to completely diagnose it but want me to go gluten free so I don’t result in having the same amount of damage as my mother. Ok so after all of this rambling… lol this is all a whole new world to me and a lot of information to process. But its good to know there are people out there doing what you do keeping us informed of the many possibilities and good things that we have rather than making the world of food seem smaller then it did before. For that I thank you.

  2. I had always heard only adults with celiac, like aunts and uncles. But wow have we found out how children from such a young age can have celiac disease too but many times you think its ADHD, ADD, etc. Getting tested is SO important. With our son, he went from an extremely calm easy-going child to something very aggressive and angry. Due to my wife’s education, we tried a kinesiologist and pinpointed he had celiac. Since then we have changed his diet and the calm child is back! You can read a could of my posts about our ordeal on our website/blog ( ).

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