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Friday, August 31, 2012

Gene testing can bring clarity to gluten disorders, expert says

There is growing confusion over terminology that defines celiac disease, which could lead to mismanagement of patients, says Dr. Rivkah Roth, a celiac disease specialist. She says genetic testing allows her to use the more precise terms "non-celiac" and "celiac gluten sensitivity" for patients, and she stresses that a genetic predisposition to illness does not mean disease will develop. "A 100% gluten-free diet and lifestyle allows for avoidance, control, and perhaps even reversal of a complex web of interrelated autoimmune-based conditions and disorders, both for non-celiac and for celiac gluten sensitivity related disorders," Roth writes.

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