What does it test for?
- Tissue Transglutaminase (TAA/IgA)
- Endomysial Antibodes (AEAB/EMA)
Tissue transglutaminase (TAA/IgA): Tissue Transglutaminase is an enzyme that repairs damage in the body. Low levels of transglutaminase tissue in the blood are indicative of celiac disease. The harmful antibodies in their place are known as anti-tissue transglutaminase.
Endomysial Antibodes (EMA/AEAB): When the body perceives that it is under attack, it produces endomysial antibodies (EMA/AEAB). These auto antibodies cause intestinal swelling and prevent the absorption of nutrients into the blood. High levels of endomysial antibodes indicates that you have celiac disease.
Who should get tested?
You should get tested if your first degree family (mother, father, brother, sister) suffers from celiac disease as it is a genetic condition. You should also get tested.
- If you are experiencing digestive discomfort for over two week
- If you have had diarrhea for over two weeks
- If you have thyroid issues
- If you have type 1 diabetes
- If you have Turner syndrome
- If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis
- If you suffer from colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the colon)
What are the symptoms?
There are 300 symptoms of celiac disease however the symptoms include:
- severe bloating
- unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
- bone or joint pain
- osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss)
- liver and biliary tract disorders
- depression or anxiety
- peripheral neuropathy (tingling and/or numbness or pain in the hands and feet)
- seizures or migraines
- missed menstrual periods
- infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- canker sores inside the mouth
- dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash)