Welcome HobbitKitty - glad you've turned your thinking around about the gf diet. What Lucas said is so true. Prevention is key. No symptoms - go figure! I love to hear that, but only because I keep telling my loved ones to get screened and they think because they don't haven symptoms that they don't have to.
About your anemia - maybe once you've been on the diet longer, you'll start to absorb nutrients better and the #s will go up. I don't know what kind of anemia - iron, presumably; but hemoglobin or serum ferritin? My hemoglobin got a titch better while on gf diet, and my serum ferritin has gone from a 5 to a 7 in a year; anything under 70 is a problem (my hair's falling out!). My PCP didn't think much about that, so I went to a hematologist who gave me an iron uptake test to make sure I absorbed (I do) and then recommended I take 100mg elemental iron daily. I see him next month to see what difference it's making. Iron is SO important, so make sure your doc helps you address this. (And make sure to mention other meds/supplements taken as some shouldn't be taken together - ie, calcium or vit D - can't remember, maybe both.) Next, I'll be working on my B12!
Has your doctor checked all your fat soluble and B vitamins, etc? It's great to know before you start the diet as a sure way to read your progress.
We look forward to getting to know you (have you read GF Living for Dummies by Danna Korn?).
P.S. I really like your doctor!
Do you think a local support group might be able to help "support" you? www.csaceliacs.org (has a link to local chapters).
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 6/7/2007 (22:52)
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