I don't know that I have Celiac Disease, but plan to ask my doctor about testing; I was tested years ago for food allergies and told that I'm allergic to wheat, corn, soy, rice, tomatoes and green beans. So I joined this site to find out more.
That said, my heritage is a mixture--but I know there's Native American (Cherokee), Irish and English.
Linda C Oklahoma (CST)
"Food is essential to life; Therefore, make it good." --S. Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A)
I am English/Irish. Have had genetic testing done and apparently have a double/double set of genes for gluten/diary intolerance. Father passed away 10 years ago from colon cancer. Just about all of my seven siblings have digestive problems but have no desire to be tested, go figure.
My father had undiagnosed Celiac disease as long as I knew him. (died five years ago) He had the same digestive symptoms that I have, if I eat glutens. And he was diabetic as I am, too. He had surgery several times for irritable bowel symptoms and for mesenteric lypodystropy (sp?) and wound up with cancer, lymphoma, among other problems. His mother also had digestive problems. All were Jewish, although born here. I understand that this illness is not unusual for people of Jewish descent. My sister has digestive difficulties, but has not been diagnosed with our disease. I think our younger daughter may have celiac disease coming on, but she does NOT want to talk about it with me.
Although a number of relatives on both sides of my family have a history of frequent "gastrointestinal disturbances"..., my sister and I are the first actual diagnosed cases of CD...Scottish, Irish, and Welsh on my Father's side...Swedish and English on my Mother's.
"Truth, and therefore, success, is generally found at the balance point between two opposing tensions." (D. L Veach, writer and artist)
I don't know the degrees/fractions of what I am, but I do know that there is English, Welsh, German, and Irish. I know that there's a tiny bit of African-American and Indian in there somewhere, too. I have a second cousin with Celiac, but us two are all that we know of.
My father and his family were english and some in my mother's side as well. I tried to get my maternal grandmother tested, but she wouldn't go for it. I'm sure that's where my gene came in, was from her. Nobody else until me has it. My 22 year old daugher was diagnosed 5.5 years ago.
My gastroenterologist told me Celiac's was most prevalent in people of Mediterranean descent. He also said that you get it passed on from a first degree relative. My mother who is 90 now is Spanish. She has always had what she called a "funny tummy" and used to feel awful after eating some things but is very stubborn and would not go and get it tested out. I am 55 and was diagnosed about 3 years ago after maybe 10 years of not testing positive and it being called Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 2 of my four kids now have "funny tummy" but are not yet testing positive. They are 24 and 29 and their biggest problem is beer and junk food!!
If you always do What you've always done You will always get What you've always got!
I've often read how celiac disease is prevalent amongst the Irish, Italian and Scandinavians ... my CD MIL was Greek-Serbian or Croation depending on who in the family you talk to.
I'm 1/2 Finnish, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Welsh. What's in your wallet? :)
KNOWLEDGE = POWER. BODY = TEMPLE. FOOD = MEDICINE. PREVENTION IS THE CURE. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB! One person's food is another person's poison. __________ Celiac Disease: An autoimmune reaction from eating gluten grains: wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats=nutrient deficiency=cancer. Have 1 of 300 symptoms? bit.ly/cdsymptoms CD stories: bit.ly/cdstories Nutrition/Cancer: bit.ly/Quillinnutrition
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