Celiac Patients Want Alternatives to Gluten-Free Diet

April 21, 2011

Celiac Patients Want Alternatives to Gluten-Free Diet


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Survey of 310 patients found vaccine is at top of wish list.

For those with celiac disease, the gluten-free diet is a blessing and a curse. It means they can restore health with a change in diet – no need for a daily pill or pharmaceutical treatment. But that change in diet can also be challenging, especially in social situations.

So how many individuals with celiac seek out alternative therapies? Not many, according to U.K. researchers.

In a recent survey of 310 patients with celiac disease, more than 40% said they were dissatisfied with the gluten-free diet with just 20% reporting that the gluten-free diet was a “good or excellent way” of treating celiac disease. Despite this, the survey participants were not in favor of using complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their disease.

In fact, all patients surveyed said they would consider novel therapies, the researchers said. Vaccine was the top choice among respondents (42%), with anti-zonulin (35%) and peptidases (23%) following. Genetically modified wheat was the lowest choice among respondents.


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