I don't have symptoms. How closely do I need to follow the gluten-free diet?

October 6, 2015

I don’t have symptoms. How closely do I need to follow the gluten-free diet?

October 06, 2015

Question:

I don’t have symptoms, but I do have celiac disease. How closely do I need to follow the gluten-free diet?

Answer:

If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you need to follow the gluten-free diet 100%…100% of the time. Research shows that even those who are asymptomatic do experience antibodies and intestinal damage when exposed to gluten. Long-term exposure can increase your risk of cancer and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.

Best,

Natalie Menza, RD
Corporate Dietitian for ShopRite Supermarkets


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