Celiac Disease Explained: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

At this point in history, celiac disease is not curable. Additionally, there are no drugs to aid in decreasing the intensity of celiac disease. The only notable treatment is a gluten-free diet. Yes, cutting out gluten is a necessary part of life post-diagnosis. 

On the surface, going gluten free means omitting bread, pasta, crackers, beer, and baked goods. The subtleties of this lifestyle are more nuanced than that, though. While people’s sensitivity can vary, people with celiac disease should carefully read every food label before they consume a product because many naturally gluten-free foods are processed on equipment that also processes wheat (via WebMD). Upon eating gluten-contaminated food, this could mean days spent feeling crappy as your immune system works to find its way back to homeostasis.

Dining out can also present some challenges. While many establishments are wising up and beginning to include menu items devoid of gluten, for celiacs eating out is a real enter-at-your-own-risk situation. Cross-contamination abounds in restaurants, making it difficult to manage celiac disease. However, if a strict gluten-free diet is followed with a keen eye for detail, symptoms can be managed and intestinal healing can occur (via Mayo Clinic).


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