A new blood screening test for gluten sensitivity is being offered this year at the Lyons 9Health Fair, which will take place in the Lyons High School gym (100 McConnell Drive) on Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to noon.
Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and other grains, including barley and rye, as well as many processed foods. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep
its shape. Gluten sensitivity can be a lifelong digestive disorder. Many, but not all individuals who are allergic to this protein can develop various health problems. A few symptoms of gluten sensitivity are: gas and bloating, stomach cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, tiredness, and joint pain. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also lead to other health issues such as: anemia, osteoporosis, depression, infertility, and other conditions.
A blood test called Serum Tissue Transglutamine (tTG-IgA) is performed to determine if an individual is sensitive to gluten. A positive test shows an immune reaction to gluten.
If you are interested in including this screening on fair day, you must have gluten present in your diet for at least four to six weeks prior to testing. This means that you cannot be on a gluten free diet! The protein must be present in your bloodstream in order for the antigen to be detected.
A few more things to know:
- Participants will complete a questionnaire to determine eligibility.
- Fasting for this test is not required (However, if you are planning on having any other blood screenings, you must still fast twelve hours prior to testing).
- Drink plenty of water the day before the fair.
- The fee for this test is $45.
- This test is not available at all fairs.
Additional tests being offered at the Lyons 9Health Fair are: blood chemistry screening, blood pressure screening, colon cancer kits, bone density screening, and many more low-cost to free screenings available for those eighteen years and older.