Tested in Blood: Blood Tests for Celiac Disease

Perhaps you have been wondering about the availability of blood tests for celiac disease. If you do wonder about it, then do not be ashamed because I once did not know about it as well. Who thought that a pint of blood can tell you all you need to know about your body? Even Galileo and Aristotle did not know it, so I hope you can find peace knowing that the two of the world’s greatest men did not know jack shuck about blood tests for celiac disease.

Now that the introduction is finished, let us get to the question of the day: is there a blood test for celiac disease? Is it accurate? Why and when should I get it? Stay tuned because this article here has all the answer to those questions.

About the availability of the test

It exists, of course, and it has been the craze all over the world these last decades. This happens because people starts to get weaker towards gluten, hence making them vulnerable to celiac diseases when they eat gluten. Now I do not know its situation in all of the countries, but it is a big thing in America and the UK.

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Blood tests for celiac disease accuracy: is there a fallacy in it?

The next question that comes to mind is this. How accurate can the tests be? Is there a chance for the tests to show wrong results?

Because nothing is ever perfect in this world, of course there will be mistakes and mishaps when it comes to testing. It is called testing for a reason, after all.

However, these tests, as long as you keep going with it, will get even more accurate. If you REALLY need to know about the accuracy of the tests, then be my guest in paying the test fees. 

Blood test for celiac disease cost: will it break my bank?

Now we get to the interesting part: the cost.

Because everything health related is expensive these days, of course blood testing will be expensive as well. I cannot get a precise fee for each tests, but I do know that insurances will only cover some of it. You cannot expect the insurance company to have any profound impact on lowering the overall fee, so do not get all of your hopes up when you have insured your health.   

I can pay for it. What criterias should I fill before I can take the test?

There are several things you need to know before you can apply as a test subject. First, you have to be older than 3 years old. If you are under three years old, there will not be any result to take from because it will not be accurate. Second, you need to show that you have celiac disease symptoms. Far too many times that people, especially young people these days, think that eating gluten-filled food will poison them. If you do not show any symptoms related to celiac diseases, then you are not qualified to apply for the blood test. Third, you can apply for the test if you have any close relatives with celiac disease (it includes parents, siblings, and children).

Only after you have fulfilled all of those criteria that you are allowed to apply for the test, no exception.

I guess that is all for this article on blood tests for celiac disease.

The Cholesterol Revelation: How to Increase Hdl Cholesterol Level?

Somebody once told me that there are several ways you can do to answer that decades old ‘how to increase Hdl cholesterol level’ question. Because I am such a critic, I always try to find out the truth within those ways. Turns out I was being a critic at the wrong time because every ways that that particular somebody told me are correct. If you want to know how to increase hdl levels of cholesterol, then you can follow these ways I am going to tell you:

Eat well

I am not kidding, friends.

If you eat well, you will get a high level of hdl cholesterol. If you want to know how to increase hdl cholesterol level, this particular answer is probably the most right of them all. Cholesterols will increase as you eat foods, and these cholesterols can be good cholesterol or bad cholesterol. The cholesterols that get increased will somehow contradict with the taste of the food; if the food tastes good, there is a high chance that it will not be filled with a healthy cholesterol. On the other hand, if the food tastes bad, there is a high chance that healthy cholesterol will fill it to the brim (that is unless you drink sewage water. Aside from tasting bad, there is no healthy cholesterol contained within it).

If you think taste is a bit subjective, then you can see it this way: if the food makes you feel bloated even when you only ate a bit of it, it is probably filled with unhealthy cholesterol. If it is not, then you can safely assume that it is a healthy food.

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How to increase hdl cholesterol levels with food then?

Ah I see you are interested in eating good food, eh? I like that notion. Eating foods with bad cholesterol is okay, but only if you do not eat them everyday an instead eat these collections of food items I have :

    • Olive oil : the golden kid of any foods involving Italy and other Mediterranean countries. Olive oil is probably the best thing ever from Meditteranean foods because they can make you healthy while at the same time happy (because they taste good, that is why). If you can, pick the extra virgin one because it breaks down when you cook it.
    • Soy : if you dislike meat or if you are a part of the heathen club called vegetarianism and veganism, then soy is the perfect alternative of the red, succulent flesh.  It is almost ALWAYS included in any increase hdl cholesterol levels diet because it is just that healthy. Then again, some people concluded that the hdl cholesterol level rises not because they eat soy, but because they stopped eating meat altogether. Either way, soy is good for you.
    • Red wine : I might trigger some people out there, but believe me when I say that a drink in moderation will make you healthier when it comes to hdl cholesterol. Moderation means two glasses for men and one glasses for women. This rule applies to those who drinks only, so if you have not drink alcoholic beverages yet, then do not.

That is all I can say on how to increase Hdl cholesterol level, folks, hope this article can help you.

The System of Symptoms: Celiac Disease Symptoms in Children

In today’s article, there is an interesting thing that all of us need to know, and that interesting thing is celiac disease symptoms in children. Celiac disease is a malady that can strike people of any age and any dispositions, and that is why it is a disease that is somewhat dangerous when left untreated. While some people believed that celiac disease is just like a bigger allergy (in which the thing will go by itself as people grow older), many researches have shown that celiac disease is not a disease that will leave the host’s body by itself. It needs to be treated, and the faster you can treat it, the faster it will go.

Naturally, we will always want to prevent rather than cure, right? That is why it is important for you to understand about symptoms of a particular disease. Just like any major diseases out there, celiac disease does have its own symptoms to be considered. These symptoms are most apparent when the patient have not reached puberty yet, so you might want to look at these symptoms and see for yourself whether or not there are celiac disease symptoms in a child of yours.

So without further ado, let us begin:

Celiac disease symptoms in children: is it readily apparent?

No, actually. You need to understand your children first before you can deem them riddled with celiac disease. What do I mean by that?

First thing first, I want to tell you that the foremost sign of your child having a celiac disease can be found within their eating habit. If your children does not like to eat lots of food or if they have low appetite, there is a chance that your children got celiac disease in them.

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This is what I mean when I say that you need to understand your children first before you can test them for celiac disease. If you know your children well, you will probably know about their eating habit. If you do not know them, there will be a high chance of misdiagnosis from you. What happens when you see your child not eating lots of food and when you bring him to the doctor, the doctor said that the child is just someone who doesn’t like to eat lots of food? Would it not embarrass you?

Alternatively, a change in eating habit can also be one of the many celiac disease symptoms in child, so you can look for that as well. 

Any other coeliac disease symptoms in a child I should know of?

One more thing: if your children are somewhat delayed when it comes to puberty, then you might want to bring them to the doctor and get the children tested. A delayed puberty is a major thing that may tell you about whether or not your children got celiac disease, and if you do not treat them immediately, puberty will hit them MUCH later. Swollen belly can also be a sign of celiac disease, but make sure that your kid is not just fat on the belt before you tell them that they got celiac disease.

That is a little about celiac disease symptoms in children.

Finding the Perfect Point for that Non Hdl Cholesterol Goal

People have been setting up their personal non hdl cholesterol goal to achieve, and they are right to do so because it is good for them. Setting up your own non hdl cholesterol goal can be a good thing for you as well because of several reasons. If you are curious about the why and the how setting up a low non hdl cholesterol level is good, then do proceed with this article.

What is non hdl cholesterol goal actually is?

Let us make it simple. We have already explored the definition and the reason behind the existence of hdl cholesterol in the article from before, so it is only right for us to explore its malicious cousin (or sibling. I do not know in what type of relationship these two cholesterols are in) to give it the attention that it needs.

Non hdl cholesterol, or more affectionately called the ldl cholesterol (the thing has a name as well, you know. You might offend it by not saying it outright) by scientists and commoners alike, is the devil on our other shoulder. It is the bad one from the two cholesterol, and having them inside your body is not recommended. Because nobody likes having anything bad within their body, many people has set up goal for non hdl cholesterol. The goal is pretty short in explanation, actually. Your ldl cholesterol cannot exceed a certain threshold (or a goal), and if it did, you will fail. The premise is pretty easy to understand, right?

While the premise is easy to understand, the fundamentals are a bit unknown

What I mean by fundamentals are the basic knowledge of what is the perfect point for ldl cholesterol. How can we know that a certain level of ldl cholesterol is good? Is it true that there is an undeniable ldl cholesterol level threshold that will apply for every person in this world?

There are researches, but the researches have not pulled out the best outcome

The treatment goal for non hdl cholesterol value is a bit vague, to be honest. A research indicates that having a non-hdl cholesterol level of 77 is your safest bet. If you did not cross that, you will be safe from heart attacks. Your heart will work better as well and your cardiovascular activity will not get ruined by it.

But there is another research that comes up saying that 84 is a threshold that you definitely cannot exceed. If it’s lower than 84, your body will still be good and it will not have problems. Coronary plaque build-up (the thing that make your heart goes into arrest) will be lessened and you will be all around healthy.

 

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BUT (I will not be tired with ‘buts’ in this article so be prepared) another research says that if you are someone with a frail heart, a nice spot of 80 is the perfect MAXIMUM amount of non hdl cholesterol if you. BUT another says 70, so people with a frail heart can get in a bit of a pickle. I personally believed that you should not exceed 70 if your heart is weak, but that is just an opinion.

If your heart is strong and you have no heart problems since forever, then 100 is the safe word.

BUT…

Just kidding.

That’s all folks regarding non Hdl cholesterol goal, I do hope this article can shed some light regarding your search on the topic.

High Hdl Cholesterol Level: What Will it Bring?

Some people asked me about high Hdl cholesterol level and the meaning behind having that. While I am not a practitioner of the cholesterol art, I know a thing or two about them, and that knowledge is what I am going to relay to you today. We are going to talk about high hdl cholesterol level and what does it mean to have that thing in your body.

Let me introduce to you all of the cholesterols within our body

There are many types of cholesterols in our body. Some can be good and some can be bad, but they both entered our body through the most basic of means: through savouring the foods that are present in the world. Some of these foods contain good cholesterol and some of them contain bad cholesterol, hence why people who is on a cholesterol patrol will always look for the type of cholesterol within the foods that they are going to eat.

On the contrary to the good things you will get from having a high good cholesterol level, you will get lots of bad things from having high level of non hdl cholesterol (to make it simple for you, the good cholesterol level is called hdl cholesterol). 

Do high hdl cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease?

Let me get this straight.

Let us see cholesterol as coins. Every coins have two sides on them. They are the master of chances, the very thing that can make every decisions in the world. In a game of football, the referee would throw a coin before deciding which team will be the one to start the kickoff. While the kickoff is not the final decision taker in that particular game, having the advantage of kicking the ball first is pretty nice for a team with a well-rounded tactics.

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Just like the coin, there are two sides to cholesterol. One of them is good (the hdl cholesterol), and one of them is kind of bad (the ldl cholesterol). If you visit a clinic or something and you check your cholesterol level, the clinic will often tell you about the levels of each cholesterol types within your body. If you happen to have high hdl cholesterols levels when they told you about the test result, then you can pat yourself in the back and the chest because you are healthy! Your heart will be safer from diseases and your soul willl be calmer thanks to the fact that you know you are healthy. It is true when people told me that a healthy heart means a good life. 

Can your hdl cholesterol level be too high?

It is a resounding no while at the same time being a small bit of ‘yes’.

If you are a normal person without any complications related to your metabolism, then the hdl cholesterol will never reach a level that is too high for your body. It might be a bit higher in levels compared to the others, but that just signifies how healthy you are compared to the other people.

However, if your metabolism is a bit weird, there is a chance that the hdl cholesterol level will be too high (higher than the normal high ones, of course). If the hdl cholesterol level is too high, you might want to start taking drugs that reduce cholesterol levels. If you leave it at a ‘too high’ level, the cholesterol might start attacking your heart rather than protecting it.

That is why you should always keep watch for any oddities in your metabolism to see whether or not the high Hdl cholesterol level is dangerous for you.

About Lipid Panel with LDL HDL Ratio

Lipid panel with LDL HDL ratio is rarely known by people. Before we talk about what lipid panel is, first we need to talk about what is LDL and HDL. LDL is the abbreviation of Low Density Lipoprotein, it is the bad kind of cholesterol. HDL is the abbreviation of High Density Lipoprotein, it is the good kind of cholesterol.

What is Lipid Panel?

Lipid panel is a measuring tool to calculate the level of all types of cholesterol, from HDL, LDL, and also Triglycerides. Those 3 types of cholesterol is measured in milligram per deciliter blood, or mg/dl. The measurement result of LDL is usually higher than HDL. The combination of the measurement of HDL and LDL is called as total cholesterol. In conclusion, by using lipid panel, you are able to know how to figure out total cholesterol/HDL ratio.

After using lipid panel to measure the all types of cholesterol in your blood, then you need to know about the ratio of your cholesterol. For example, if you have the level of total cholesterol 200mg/dl and your level of HDL 50mg/dl, then it is 200:50, which means 4:1. Some experts suggest that the ideal ratio of total cholesterol to HDL is below 5:1 in order to reduce the risk of getting cholesterol disease such as stroke and heart attack.

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Generally, it is easier to reduce the level of LDL by diet compared to increase the level of HDL. But it does not mean impossible to increase the level of HDL in your blood. You are able to search some tips to raise the level of HDL on the internet.

How to Measure Total Cholesterol

Before getting to know how much your total cholesterol is, your blood needs to be taken. You need to fasting 9 hours to 12 hours before your blood taken. This needs to be done because accurate measurement result needs the minimal value which the number does not increase because of food. But you are still able to drink mineral water when you are fasting. Then, bring your sample blood to the laboratory.

When the result comes, read each level of your cholesterol. The ideal level of LDL cholesterol is less than 100mg/dl. It is included in high category if it is more than 100mg/dl. Next, read the level of your HDL. The ideal level of HDL cholesterol is at least 60mg/dl. Your level of HDL is categorized in low level if it is less than 40mg/dl. And the ideal level of Triglycerides is less than 150mg/dl. And your Triglycerides is included in high level if it is more than 150mg/dl.

Then, how do you calculate the total of your cholesterol? You just need to add the number of the 3 types of cholesterol. For example if the level of your LDL is 90mg/dl, your HDL is 60mg/dl, and your Triglycerides is 140mg/dl, then your total cholesterol is 290mg/dl. To get the ratio, compare the total of cholesterol with HDL or LDL. Those are about the lipid panel with LDL HDL ratio.

Prepare Carefully Celiac Disease Diet Plan

Celiac disease diet plan is available for free. There are many sites which help you to design your diet plan. If you think you cannot decide what to eat every single day, you better look up for the diet plan. As you get it for free via internet, you will be able to have various menus you can try. It is much easier compared to make a plan on your own. Those various menus you can have are also available here. We will give you great information of what you can eat in diet plan. You can take a look at the diet plan provided for you right away below here.

7-Day Diet Plan for Celiac Disease

In order to give you numerous menus you can try each day, here is 7-day diet plan of celiac disease. Here we will provide you with menus you can opt for in the breakfast and snacks you can eat. Here you go. Let’s talk about breakfast menus for seven days firstly.

In the day 1, you can have egg omelet with spinach, cheese GF toast orange, and tomato. Day 2, you can have cream of milk, rice, walnuts, and blueberries. Day 3, you can pick GF waffles with syrup, egg, and strawberries. Day 4, you can prepare GF bagel almond, GF English muffin, or peanut butter and banana. In the day 5, you can have breakfast with Greek yogurt, mixed berries, nutty rice cereal or GF cold cereal. Day 6 you can have GF breakfast burrito with egg, bell peppers, shredded cheese, melon, and mushrooms. In the day 7, there are fruit cup, other protein, GF bagel, whipped cream, and cheese.

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That’s all from celiac disease weekly diet plan. Beside breakfast menus you can select, there are also several snacks you can have in the middle of your diet. Yes, you can still have snacks while you are in diet. Here we mention you only few names for 7-day diet plan. Snacks you can get involve GF cookies, GF cereal milk, GF pudding, GF bar, GF s’mores, GF trail mix, yogurt & berries, banana &peanut butter, popcorn, orange & hardboiled egg, apple slices, and almonds & dried apricots. We have mentioned few names of snacks you can try each day.

Tips To Have Dine Out Safely

You may face several invitation of dine out. It can come from your colleague, office mates, friends or simply form family. Dining out can be dangerous for you once the foods contain gluten. You have to be careful therefore. If you wish to have safe dine out, here are some tips you can follow.

First of all, you must master what you can eat and what cannot. It is important thing to do. Second, you can give a message that you have celiac disease to person(s) who looks for a restaurant. If you have time, you can volunteer yourself to look for a restaurant. Select gluten-free items. Third, you can inform the staff that you have celiac disease and make sure the restaurant won’t give you any gluten contained foods. Those tips can be counted as diet plan for celiac disease for dining out.

Take a Look at Symptoms of Celiac Disease in Children and Adults

Symptoms of celiac disease in children are sometimes invisible. However there is a long list of symptoms you can check to make sure that your child’s condition. This serious autoimmune disorder frequently affects children. It is mentioned to affect 1 to 100 people around the world. Genetically predisposed people with the ingestion of gluten can lead to damage in the small intestine. Those people are the ones who can get affected by this serious autoimmune disorder. In order to know more about this disease, it is best to read this on.

More about Celiac Disease

It is mentioned that some people have no symptoms sometimes. It makes this disease is difficult to be diagnosed at first. This case affects children the most. There will be signs and symptoms of celiac disease in toddlers. Gluten cannot be eaten by people with this disorder. Gluten is a protein which can be found in barley, wheat, and rye. Sufferers of celiac who eat gluten, the body will mount an immune response which attacks small intestine. Attacks created there will lead to damage on the villi which promote nutrient absorption.

For your information, villi are small fingerlike projections which line the small intestine. You must have guessed what will happen when villi get damaged. Yes, it cannot absorb nutrient no longer. When there is no nutrient absorbed in the body, it is the time when you need to feel there is something wrong inside of the body.

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Symptoms of Celiac Disease in a Child

There are several symptoms of celiac disease in a child. These symptoms may appear and may not. If it appears anyway, you better see a doctor to get diagnosed properly. Most of the times, digestive symptoms are more common in which you can see it in infants and children. Here is a pretty long list of symptoms you need to know.

This autoimmune disorder have symptoms such as: Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), short stature, fatigue, weight loss, constipation, abdominal bloating and pain, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, irritability and behavioral issues, delayed growth and puberty, fatty stool, pale, foul-smelling, and also failure to thrive. Those are most common symptoms you can see from sufferers of celiac disease. Additional information you need to know is that this disease runs in families or called as hereditary. If your family has a history of the disease and your child show symptoms mentioned above, it is best to get medical diagnosis.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease in Adults

Unlike symptoms of celiac disease in child, symptoms in adults show less likely to have digestive symptoms. There are several symptoms you can find in adults and we will mention to you here. Those symptoms are: itchy skin rash, recurrent miscarriage or infertility, depression or anxiety, arthritis, fatigue, missed menstrual periods, liver and biliary tract disorders, bone or joint pain, migraines or seizures, osteopenia or osteoporosis,  peripheral neuropathy, and unexplained iron-deficiency anemia. Those all are symptoms in adults you should know to get best thing to do next.

How to Lower LDL and Raise HDL Cholesterol

How to lower LDL and raise HDL tips are a lot out there. The most preferred one is the tip to decrease and increase those two kinds of cholesterol without drugs. Tips of how to lower LDL and raise LDL without drugs are the most searched because consuming drugs or medicine for a long time will affect the kidneys. Here are some tips for you who look for how to lower LDL and raise HDL naturally.

Tips to Increase the Level of HDL
    1. Consume Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the best sources of good fats which is easiest to get and to consume. Based on a research which is done by more than 800.000 participants, it is found that olive oil is the one and only source of single unsaturated fat which is able to reduce the risk of heart attack disease. In this research is also found that olive oil is also able to increase the level of HDL of the good kind of cholesterol. It is because the antioxidant content that contained in olive oil which is called Polyphenols.

    1. Work Out Regularly

One of the ways of how to lower LDL and raise HDL levels are by working out regularly. By working out with high intensity, you are able to increase the level of HDL 8 mg/dl in 10 weeks. Working out with high intensity is also able to reduce insulin and improve the function of arterial blood vessels, so that it is also good for diabetics. Working out several times in a week is able to increase HDL in your blood and add antioxidant in your body.

    1. Consume Coconut Oil

Some researches show that coconut oil is able reduce the level of LDL and increase the level of HDL in your blood, so that the risk of getting heart attack is decreased. This kind of oil is also able to keep the health of your brain, and improve your metabolism. Consume 2 spoons of coconut oil a day to increase the level of HDL cholesterol in your blood.

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Tips to Decrease the Level of LDL
    1. Consume Foods that Contain Fibers

One of the ways to reduce the level of LDL effectively is by consuming foods that contain a lot of fibers. It is because soluble fibers are able to keep cholesterol and get it out from your body through digestion. The kind of food which contain high level of soluble fibers is oat. Some kinds of fruits such as grapes, apple, strawberry, and orange contain soluble fibers which are able to reduce LDL in your blood.

    1. Consume Fish and Garlic

The good fats which are contained in fish is able to lower LDL and Triglycerides if you consume it at least twice a week as the replacement of red meat. You are able to choose mackerel, tuna, salmon, which contain a lot of Omega 3 which is good for the health of your heart and how to lower LDL and raise LDL.

How to Determine the Disease Risk from Risk Ratio LDL HDL

Risk ratio LDL HDL is important if you want to predict how high your risk to suffer from heart disease. Most of physicians these days held on a notion that knowing non-HDL cholesterol is more beneficial compared with measuring the cholesterol ratio. However, there is another opinion saying that it can be a better predictor for instead of total cholesterol level or bad cholesterol level. Non-HDL cholesterol likes its name is subtracting the good one from the total cholesterol. Hence, it also includes the LDL or bad cholesterol.

Determining the number of HDL and LDL

The total cholesterol known from risk ratio hdl/ldl is the sum of fats in the blood which contains both HDL and LDL. From this test result, you are able to know the risk factors of getting severe disease like stroke or coronary heart disease. Besides, the amount of each type of cholesterol is known to be good predictor instead of the total amount. For instance, both physicians and health care professionals use LDL cholesterol as indicator in the test. Hence, the elevated number of LDL cholesterol could indicate higher risk of someone of getting obstructed arteries and other health problems. Meanwhile, physicians often called HDL as good cholesterol and they defines its level in the contrary from LDL. Hence, ldl hdl ratio risk factors which showing higher HDL numbers means that your risk of developing heart disease and other severe diseases is lower. Good cholesterol also provides protection to blood vessels and prevents cardiovascular diseases to develop in your body. Triglycerides are also part of cholesterol and its number is more indicated how many fats you consume recently. Like bad cholesterol, high level of triglycerides also will raise your risk of suffering from stroke and coronary artery.

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The normal amount to non-HDL cholesterol

As non-HDL cholesterol is often used as indicator instead of the total amount, most of you might be thinking on how much the normal amount of this cholesterol in ldl/hdl ratio levels when having a testing. You will be considered to have an optimal level of non-HDL cholesterol is below 130 miligrams per deciliter or the measurement showing it is less than 3.37 milimoles per liter. The high level of non-HDL means you have more risk to develop heart disease. If your test result indicating your risk to suffering from that disease is high, you have to plan a change in your daily diet as well as lifestyle so that you can give prevention to that risk before it comes true.

If you want to calculate the cholesterol ratio, you just need to divide the total cholesterol number with the number of your cholesterol level. For example, if the total cholesterol number is 200 mg er dL and the number of HDL cholesterol is 50 mg per dL, the ratio will range from 4 to 1. If you receive higher ratio, it means that you have higher risk to develop heart disease. The high number of the test result also showing ldl hdl ratio cardiovascular risk.