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What does it mean if I have a celiac gene?

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What does it mean if I have one of the celiac genes?

 

Does it mean that I definitely have celiac disease? No

 

Does it mean that I will eventually develop celiac disease? Not necessarily

 

Does it mean that I need to go gluten free? No

 

I’ve been asked about genetic testing for celiac disease more times than I can count over the last five years, so I finally decided to make time to write about it!

 

The two genes associated with celiac disease are HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. Over 95% of people with celiac disease have one or two copies of either celiac gene.

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