May is Celiac Awareness Month
May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and at Vibrant, we are passionate about both disease management and early detection for Celiac Disease.
Vibrant’s proprietary test for Celiac, gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, wheat sensitivity, and wheat allergy, aptly name the Wheat Zoomer, has been a staple in the practices of countless progressive healthcare providers who want to better understand this spectrum of gluten- and wheat-related disorders.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When a person with celiac eats gluten, the protein interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food by damaging a part of the small intestine called villi. Damaged villi make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, leading to malnourishment and a host of other problems.
Common celiac disease symptoms include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis
- Numbness in Legs
- Joint Pain
- Dental Enamel Defects
- Pale Sores in Mouth
- Delayed Growth
- Fatigue Migraines
- Weight Loss
Celiac Disease Facts
Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people. Three million Americans across all races, ages, genders and genders suffer from celiac disease.
Celiac disease is hereditary, so all first and second-degree relatives should be tested.
83% of people with celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
The average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed in the US is 6-10 years. We waste billions of critical healthcare dollars each year on unnecessary testing and treatment for those seeking a diagnosis.
Celiac disease can lead to a number of other conditions including infertility, neurological disorders, and some cancers.
Celiac disease can also trigger the onset of other autoimmune diseases. A strict, 100% gluten-free diet is currently the only way to control celiac disease. There is currently no pharmaceutical treatment.
The Vibrant Wheat Zoomer
Because most testing available for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, which some experts suggest is really just ‘pre-celiac,‘ can be very inaccurate and may miss many cases of developing celiac disease, it is often difficult to detect until it is too late.
Many patients find that they are tested through their primary care doctor and are told they do not have celiac disease, because the standard lab tests for celiac only find it about 84% of the time, and even then, only find it when it is advanced and the patient has had it developing for 5-7 years.
Vibrant Wellness has developed a cutting-edge blood test that can detect celiac disease anywhere from 14 months to 4 years before other lab tests can!
This cuts back on the time the patient is suffering from symptoms that mimic irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, headaches, autoimmune symptoms, joint pain, and more.
The Wheat Zoomer requires a blood draw and fasting for at least 8 hours prior to your draw is recommended, but not required.
Comprehensive antibody recognition will simultaneously identify any of the conditions which may be associated with gluten and/or wheat, to include:
- Intestinal permeability (“leaky gut syndrome”)
- Celiac disease
- Wheat allergy
- Wheat germ agglutinin-related vitamin D deficiencies
- Gluten ataxia and other neurological symptoms
- Dermatitis/eczema (skin-related disorders)
- Gluten sensitivity
- Wheat sensitivity