Gluten Sensitivity Test for Coeliac Disease
The benefit of carrying out a SELFCheck Gluten Sensitivity Test in privacy ensures confidentiality as well as creating the incentive needed to take further steps in terms of managing personal health earlier, and consultation with a healthcare professional will facilitate earlier medical intervention.
Coeliac disease is a lifelong, genetically inherited, intestinal disorder affecting around 1 in100 people in the UK but most people have not been diagnosed or are diagnosed after years of suffering.
The SELFCheck Gluten Sensitivity self-test is an easy to use means of detecting specific IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) in the blood - a proven biomarker for coeliac disease.
Diagnosis of coeliac disease is hampered by the variety of symptoms sufferers may present to their GP, including bloating after eating bread and/or pasta containing wheat; bouts of diarrhoea and constipation; muscle wastage; fatigue; as well as skin complaints.
More recently, it has been suggested that people suffering from the following medical conditions be screened for coeliac disease as a routine part of their on-going care and management: Type 1 diabetes; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); under-active thyroid or overactive thyroid glands; and dermatitis herpetiformis - a skin condition that causes blistering.
The SELFCheck Gluten Sensitivity Test for coeliac disease is easy to use, requiring only a small finger prick blood sample to perform the test and giving a visual result is available in less than 10 minutes.
Gluten intolerance or wheat allergy are the most commonly used (but incorrect) terms to describe coeliac disease.
Why test for coeliac disease (gluten sensitivity)?
Coeliac disease is a lifelong genetically inherited intestinal disorder, where the inner surface of the small intestine is damaged through eating food containing gluten. Symptoms may include mild weakness, bone pain, aphtous stomatitis (recurrent mouth ulcers) to chronic diarrhoea, abdominal bloating and weight loss. These symptoms can vary in intensity and therefore contribute to an overall deterioration to any individual's wellbeing.
Who is the test for?
Everyone who thinks they may be gluten intolerant or suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Coeliac disease also runs in families so it can be useful to test brothers, sisters, parents and children.
What if result is positive for tTG IgA antibodies?
Contact your doctor for further tests and diagnosis. In the meantime, do not avoid eating foods containing gluten (such as products made from wheat, rye or barley), as lowering gluten intake reduces antibodies and makes diagnosis difficult.
How should the test be disposed of?
After use, all of the test components can be disposed of in normal household waste.
Each kit contains:
1 test strip, 1 lancet, 1 alcohol swab, sample buffer solution, 1 tube with glass capillary, and 1 instruction leaflet.