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I recently had a negative result from my duodenal biopsies. This doesn't surprise me as I suspect that I don't have coeliac disease. However, somebody has suggested to me that I may have had a false negative result due to having followed a gluten-free diet for over 30 years following diagnosis by doctors of dubious competence. In preparation for the duodenal biopsies I ate gluten for seven weeks (the recommendation is six weeks). The quantity of gluten I ate per day was considerably in excess of the recommended minimum of one slice of bread or a small portion of pasta (e.g. in a typical day Weetabix for breakfast, a bread roll for lunch, pasta for dinner, or wheat bran for breakfast, a pasta salad for lunch, and a pizza for dinner, plus quite a lot of cakes, doughnuts, buns, apple pies, pancakes, etc). The suggestion made to me was that because I hadn't eaten gluten for over 30 years all of this gluten would not have done me any damage. I find this pretty hard to believe, as people who follow a gluten-free diet for many years do typically become unwell when they eat gluten, so I don't think that not eating gluten for a long time provides any sort of long-term immunity from the effects of gluten. However, I thought I'd check it out as the person seemed to think that it was likely that having previously been on a gluten-free diet would cause a delay in the onset of damage.
Thanks for any advice.
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