The answer is yes if any of the following are true: If you have been tested and diagnosed positive for celiac disease and therefore carry the genetic marker; if a close relative of the family has been tested and diagnosed positive; if anyone in the family has one or more of the chronic symptoms or complications associated with celiac disease; or if someone in the family has eliminated gluten from their diet and has come to believe that gluten is without question the reason behind their illness and discomfort.
When you’re embarking upon a lifetime of following a gluten-free diet and it’s known that the condition can be hereditary, it’s highly recommended to know for certain who in your family has the condition. It’s too serious to not know for sure who has it and who does not. When left undiagnosed, serious complications can occur. Conclusive evidence will provide an unbiased baseline for understanding long-term family care and strategizing the household’s eating habits. It can also make you aware and prepared for the possibility that any new children could carry the gene and might develop the condition. Knowing who has celiac disease and who does not immediately eliminates guesswork regarding mysterious symptoms, streamlines shopping and menu planning, and can make everyone happy, healthy, and safe.
But be prepared for resistance! Not everyone in your immediate family is going to welcome the opportunity to get tested with open arms, and your efforts to nudge them lovingly into doing so may be difficult. Even though you may suspect a parent, sibling, or spouse has celiac disease, they may not be as concerned about it as you are and will not feel it’s necessary enough to warrant the perceived hassle of a doctor’s visit. But continue to encourage them because left undiagnosed, the condition could lead to long-term complications including disease, depression, and the inability to have children. Don’t wait, and be persistent.