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What should I do if I think I'm gluten intolerant?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here's what to do if you suspect gluten intolerance is to blame for your digestion problems:
  • Talk to your doc about a blood test for gluten auto-antibodies (lgA and IgG, lgA EMA, and tTG IgA). Positive results? A biopsy will confirm the diagnosis.
  • If you're diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, eliminate gluten from your diet and avoid other gluten-hiding substances -- even makeup.
  • Get your folate levels tested. Supplements may be essential to healing.
You can still eat whole grains -- and I encourage you to. Just choose whole grains that are gluten-free, such as chia, corn, rice, and sorghum.

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