What are the treatments of Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease has no cure, but it can be effectively managed through changing your diet. This requires adhering to a strict gluten free diet, which involves avoiding all foods that contain gluten.
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The diet can be challenging, so sometimes you will be referred to a dietitian who can help you plan a healthy gluten-free diet.
Once the gluten has been removed from your diet, inflammation in your small intestine will begin to subside, usually within several weeks, though you may start feeling better in just a few days. Complete healing and regrowth of the villi can take several months to years.
If you accidentally eat a food that contains gluten, you may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people experience no signs or symptoms after eating gluten, but this does not necessarily mean it is not harmful. Even tiny amounts of gluten in your diet can be damaging, whether or not they cause signs or symptoms.
Sometimes celiac disease also results in nutritional and vitamin deficiencies that require supplementation. Your doctor may recommend supplements to increase your levels of calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, or vitamin K.