Gluten Antibody levels
May 1, 2014
I saw the consultant today where we had an interesting discussion over the best course of action for me to follow now. I really just wanted him to confirm that my problems were all related to a gut disorder. This he failed to do as he was reluctant to go into specific details, but what he did say was telling. These quotes may not be verbatim, but they give you a gist of what he said.
“There is a lot of talk about Candida overgrowth amongst the internet community, but I cannot comment on any of this, as under my medical guidelines there is not enough scientific evidence to support it.”
“One piece of advice that I can give you is to try your best to adjust your gut flora by taking probiotics.”
It seemed that the major thing on his mind (now that any major disease has been ruled out) was to get me discharged, whereupon he was quick to fill out a form. He was however kind enough to show me my records on the computer screen, and I found it interesting to note my Gluten Antibody numbers;
My Gluten anti-body levels (Anti-gliadin antibodies) were at AGA 94 last July, when I was initially diagnosed with Coeliac disease. My latest test gives me a reading of AGA 12, which according to NHS guidelines means I am within normal parameters.
In gluten-sensitive individuals AGA testing is a routinely used blood test for possible presence of coeliac disease, allergies or idiopathic phenomena. The measurement of AGA is done with ELISA or radioimmunoassay. Such tests measure the level of AGA relative to a standard, such as a level of 10 = point which 85% of normal population falls below. Greater than 10 equals disease and a value of 3 is expected (mean). [wikipedia]
In addition, the article on Wikipedia states that a reading below AGA6 is considered to be normal, whereas my reading of AGA 12 seems to be acceptable to the NHS. Thankfully, my numbers had not increased, as can be quite common with Coeliac patients. From my research, it appears that undertaking a Gluten free diet on it’s own is nowhere near enough – you have to tackle the underlying cause. This means embarking on a strict restricted carbohydrate diet, whilst taking anti -fungals and probiotics.
He was also certain that I must continue with a Gluten free diet, and also pointed out that a bone density test may be needed in the future, as sufferers of Coeliac are prone to osteoporosis. The issue of flattened Villi, or Leaky Gut Syndrome would mean nutrients are not absorbed; is generally accepted as the reason. However, with a strict diet it is possible to repair your leaky gut – as I feel I am repairing mine. He did not mention the fact that Candida overgrowth can rob you of essential minerals needed to keep your bones in good health. A Candida that has run out of control is the root cause of the leaky gut problem, but is much harder to get under control.