Diet for Celiac Disease Patient

Celiac disease is termed as the autoimmune disorder where gluten consumption leads to small intestine damage. This is because the immune system of the patient would act on consumption of gluten in such a way that the inflammation of small intestine lining is resulted. This lining known as mucosa has a covering of hair like projections which would shrink in patients suffering from this disease.

The most important treatment for this is intake of diet that is devoid of gluten. Celiac patients have to compulsorily maintain a strict diet. In fact, this is the only treatment available as of now. The following are the food items that a celiac patient has to avoid in order to stay healthy.
Eliminating foods that are inclusive of rye, wheat, barley and oats is compulsory for celiac patients. Depending upon the individual conditions, the intake of food can be controlled. Some patients with this disease are extremely sensitive to the gluten ingredients whereas others are moderately prone to it. If you belong to the category of patients with extreme reactions towards the gluten intake, all traces have to be strictly avoided. Depending upon the severity of the reaction, small amounts of gluten can be taken in. However, care should be taken to ensure that the quantity does not exceed. Also consuming gluten on a daily basis is not advised and has to be taken in occasionally only.
As mentioned above, gluten intake depends on the individual health conditions of the patient. Some patients are allowed to include oats in their diet. Advice from medical professionals has to be followed strictly before starting on a gluten-free diet. As this method being the only treatment available for this disease, generally people are willing to follow the diet.
Symptoms of the disease would be reduced considerably with a gluten-free diet. If a patient is already suffering from damaged intestine, the strict diet without gluten in them is found to increase the healing. It will take a maximum of six months to get the intestine healed and three months would be the minimum time period. The healing and effects of this treatment would be instant or delayed depending on several factors. The age of the patient is of utmost importance in deciding the outcome of following such a diet.
In some of the patients, not all problems are found to be decreased. Tooth discoloration and delayed growth are examples of the symptoms that may not be eliminated even after following a diet which is devoid of gluten.
It should be mentioned that there is a small percentage of people who are not cured even after strictly following a diet that is completely free of gluten. In most of these patients, the damage of small intestine might have become so severe that even adequate measurements of gluten-free diet will not be able to cure the damage. In such situations, the intestine will not be showing any responses towards the intake of gluten free diet. What medical professionals do to remove the patient out of danger in such a situation is to prescribe drug treatments.



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