Done this for years, but it went awol for a while, I now have the gluten gene test back in stock in the UK.
I was the first person in the UK to do this and I’m still not sure you can get it easily now so I had the Gluten Free Society send me some packs so I can get them to you again.
Why do a Gluten Gene Test?
I recommend the gene test to parents of children and babies, and to anyone who has already given up gluten but wants to see if they have the genetic patterns that suggest coeliac disease or NCGS (non coeliac gluten sensitivity). Often, you can see the pattern and that is enough to confirm the likelihood of an issue when you can’t put gluten back in to test antibodies because it makes you poorly.
Why Do This One and Not the Standard Coeliac Gluten Gene Test?
It is a simple cheek swab and the only test that measures for all known genes linked to gluten sensitivity (HLA-DQ1/HLA-DQ3) and coeliac disease (HLA-DQ2/HLA-DQ8). Other labs only measure for genes linked to coeliac disease, which is why many people are sadly misdiagnosed.
The pattern of the genes found in the results help us work out your risk of coeliac disease or if it is more likely to be NCGS (non coeliac gluten sensitivity). When I did it, for example, I had a double DQ1 and a single DQ8. If these genes are triggered (which mine have been), then you are likely to develop a gluten illness. In my case the DQ1 is more likely to be skin issues (inc. leaky gut, hence food sensitivity!!) of NCGS but I have a low risk of coeliac disease. NCGS can be every bit as serious as coeliac disease, by the way, so don’t get lulled into a false sense of security! Check my TrulyGlutenFree section on the website for much more on this subject.
How To Order A Gluten Gene Test
Once ordered on the shop here, I will post the kit out to you (postage is included in the cost). You then do your samples, fill in the requisition forms and follow the instructions included in the kit. Then, you pay to return your samples in a standard envelope to the US, containing the cheek swabs and requisition forms. The swabs are viable for a long time so there is no need to send them back with priority mail (I checked with the lab).
How Will I know What The Results Mean?
You can see a sample report here. The report gives you some idea of what’s going on, but I can also explain more if you need me (see Support options here). The different DQs relate to different conditions and you can find that and loads more about gluten testing and treatment in the Gluten Plan if yours comes up positive.
OK, hope that helps. A really useful test; I missed it!