If you’ve discovered you have celiac disease, it’s natural to want to know who else in the family has the condition. If no one else in your household or immediate relatives have been screened for indicators of the disease, whether they exhibit symptoms or not, it’s time to at least start talking about it. But it’s an all too common complaint that family members are resistant to being tested for gluten intolerance and celiac disease even though symptoms or family history strongly suggest they should be. Although reasons (or shall we say excuses!) abound for wanting to dodge the bullet, it’s your role to push the envelope if you think it’s necessary.
Of course, the thought of receiving a positive diagnosis is by no means appealing, but they must know definitively so that they can properly care for themselves. There are two crucial reasons to be tested:
Celiac disease, if left unchecked, can lead to serious complications that can be life threatening. Of all reasons, this should be the most convincing!
In the name of children
If there are children in the household or if there are plans to have a family and one parent/spouse has been positively diagnosed, the other parent/spouse should be tested also. This is particularly important because it’s establishing a family history that can be helpful for children, grandchildren, and future generations. With heredity being a link for this disease, it’s selfish to refuse testing that can be used to help properly diagnose members now and provide helpful information for future members of the family tree.