Could it be gluten?

Many people have become acquainted with the following symptoms: abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, headache and further unspecific complaints, such as anemia, loss of weight and tiredness after the consumption of food containing gluten, for instance of bread and pasta. Often the relation between gluten in food and the above mentioned complaints stay undetected, even when they could actually be a signal for a disease due to gluten.

Today we distinguish among three groups of diseases which are elicit by gluten or cereals containing gluten:

  • The autoimmune celiac disease
  • The gluten/wheat sensitivity
  • The wheat allergy

In order to diagnose celiac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivity, food containing gluten should be consumed on a daily basis. There are no symptoms and the diagnostic tests are not significant when gluten is excluded from the diet as the diagnosis can only be given if there is a consumption of food containing gluten!

This online assessment is only intended for adults aged 18 years or over.

It will take you about 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

  • 1. Are you eating food containing gluten?

    Cereals containing gluten are e.g. wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Food typically containing gluten are bread, pasta, cookies, cakes and breakfast cereals (e.g. muesli)

    GOOD TO KNOW: If you wish to get tested for celiac disease it is important that you eat food containing gluten!

  • 2. Have you already been tested for celiac disease?

    The diagnosis has been made by your doctor through a blood test and/or a small bowel biopsy.

    GOOD TO KNOW: If you have already been tested for celiac disease and the test has been positive the only therapy consists in a strict gluten free nutrition. Find more information here. If your test for celiac disease has been negative, there could still be a gluten/wheat sensitivity. In this case please answer the following questions.

  • 3. What kind of complaints have you noticed?

    Please tick all symptoms which apply to you.

    GOOD TO KNOW: In case of celiac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivity several different symptoms can occur.

  • 4. Has any of the following findings been stated in your case?

    Please tick all complaints which affect you.

    GOOD TO KNOW: Celiac disease can come along with a range of other diseases / symptoms.

  • 5. Has your doctor diagnosed one of the following diseases?

    Please tick all diseases which apply to you.

    GOOD TO KNOW: Celiac disease is often associated with other autoimmune diseases and some patients with an irritable bowel syndrom may have celiac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivity.

  • 6. Are there members in your family who suffer from celiac disease?

    Family members are considered first-degree relatives, i.e parents, children, siblings.

    GOOD TO KNOW: The risk to develop celiac disease rises from 1:100 to 1:10 for first-degree family members.

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The test you have just taken is anonymous. Your data will not be subjected to automated decision-making. This means that the test results will have no effect on the person who has completed the test. However, the information in your responses may yield results that should be presented to a physician or a nutritional advisor. The data that have been collected will not be distributed in any form. However, they may be brought to the attention of companies, freelancers, consultants, insurance companies or lawyers whose services are used by Dr. Schär AG/SPA.