Coeliac Disease Test for Gluten Sensitivity
INSTANT SELF TEST
- Simple and reliable home blood spot test
- Results in 5 minutes
- Expert advice to help you use the test and interpret your results
- Suitable for adults and children over 5 years old
- As seen on ITVs ‘This Morning’ with Dr Chris Steele
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As accurate as a doctor’s or laboratory test, the coeliac disease test kit identifies whether IgA antibodies to tissue transglutaminase (tTG) – a key marker for coeliac disease – are present in a small blood sample taken quickly and easily from your finger tip.
About coeliac disease and gluten intolerance
Coeliac disease (sometimes spelt celiac) is a lifelong, auto-immune disease caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The presence of gluten in the diet of someone with coeliac disease causes the body’s immune system to produce antibodies which attack the lining of the small intestine. When the lining is damaged, the body cannot absorb the nutrients it needs from food, leading to a wide range of symptoms which are easily confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as weight loss, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Undiagnosed and untreated, coeliac disease can contribute to an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, infertility and certain types of cancer.
The test was developed by scientists in Finland and introduced to the UK by JRBiomedical in 2006. Since then, numerous clinical trials have shown that the simple 10 minute blood test kit gives equivalent results to laboratory blood tests that also measure the same IgA tTG antibodies, EMA antibodies and correlates well with intestinal biopsy.
Diagnosing coeliac disease can often take over 10 years because it is difficult to relate the symptoms to the cause without specific tests being performed. Women in particular, who have lived with undiagnosed coeliac disease, are at considerable risk of osteoporosis because of chronic malabsorption of calcium in their earlier years. This risk increases the longer the condition is undiagnosed – an even greater reason for early screening.
What the doctors say
Approximately 150,000 people have been diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK, however estimates suggest that less than a quarter of people have been diagnosed. With 20% of all short term sickness attributed to gastrointestinal disease at a cost of over £3 billion per year, a quick and correct diagnosis has dramatic implications on health, medical resources and the economy. A consultant gastroenterologist from a UK University Hospital commented “We know there are many people who are living with coeliac disease but have not yet been diagnosed. Any way of improving the diagnostic process is a benefit to these individuals and to health care professionals. While a definite diagnosis of coeliac disease can still only be made after intestinal biopsy, a simple finger prick blood test which indicates whether the individual is likely to carry the antibodies associated with coeliac disease is very helpful and can only speed up what is currently a time-consuming diagnostic process.”
Professor MacDonald of Bart's and the London University medical schools said, "Coeliac disease is a condition which can be cured with a gluten-free diet, so a person with a positive result can then take immediate action. This test is quite valid - the gold standard for 99 per cent of coeliac patients is the presence of these antibodies. The test is useful because GPs sometimes fail to diagnose coeliac properly and the longer it is left untreated the worse it gets - leading to complications such as anaemia. If you suspect a problem this is a good way to test yourself, though see your GP to confirm it."
A report in the British Medical Journal which studied 2690 children and 120 adults showed that the this test for coeliac disease was as accurate as hospital laboratory tests (Korponay-Szabo et al. BMJ 2007;335;1244-1247).
IBS or coeliac disease?
Around 1 in 10 people with IBS symptoms could actually have coeliac disease. Once diagnosed, coeliac disease is treated with a strict gluten free diet and most people regain their health and vitality within weeks after years of suffering. In a survey of over 6000 people with IBS symptoms only 10% had been offered a test for coeliac disease by their GP.
Coeliac disease is impossible to diagnose from clinical symptoms alone and you may benefit from a test if you have IBS symptoms or one or more of;
- Abdominal pain
- Urgency to use the toilet after a meal
- Tired all the time
- Mouth ulcers
- Bone and joint pain
- Weight loss
- Lactose intolerance
Coeliac disease runs in families
If you have coeliac disease there is a high chance, approximately 1 in 10, that your children or parents could also have coeliac disease.
Promoting Coeliac Awareness
This test has been used by JRBiomedical to test MPs at the House of Commons as part of an awareness raising event organised by Coeliac UK, a charity providing support and follow up advice for people diagnosed with coeliac disease. Since the launch in 2006, Our coeliac disease test has featured widely in the media and has been demonstrated live on air by Dr Chris Steele on ITVs This Morning. The test was rated 10/10 by the Daily Mail.
Coeliac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergy
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease and is quite different to gluten intolerance and wheat allergies. Although there are clinically proven blood tests for both coeliac disease and wheat allergy, it is difficult to diagnose gluten intolerance except by an exclusion diet supervised by your doctor. Wheat allergies often cause symptoms within minutes after exposure and can cause asthma, eczema and rhinitis as well as gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting. In rare occasions a severe wheat allergy could trigger a life threatening anaphylactic reaction.
Please note: If you have been on a strict gluten free diet, that is, avoiding all traces of gluten from wheat, barley and rye, for longer than a few weeks, then you may get a negative result with tests for coeliac disease. This includes tests used by your doctor, biopsy and this test. Experts recommend that you should be on a normal gluten containing diet for at least 6 weeks before taking a test for coeliac disease.
If you feel you cannot wait and would like to test sooner we will provide you with a discount for a retest if your result is negative – please email us with your order number.
Coeliac Disease Test
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