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Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet: Consequences and Recommendations for Improvement

Medical nutrition therapy by following a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. Previously published studies showed that maintaining a gluten-free diet results in improving most of the nutritional deficiencies in celiac patients. However, compliance to this particular diet may result in some other deficiencies such as fiber, B vitamins, iron, and trace minerals. And there are some consequences from the gluten-free diet which include weight gain and obesity due to the to hypercaloric content of commercially available gluten-free foods. Thus, management of celiac patients must include blood tests for monitoring of the nutritional status, in addition to the use of appropriate gluten-free supplementation

The ideal gluten-free diet should be of naturally gluten-free foods, nutrient-dense, balances between micro and macronutrients, easily accessible with reasonable prices. Pseudo-cereals provide a good source of complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. And finally, the dietitians who are specialized in celiac disease have a major role in the education and guidance of how to maintain a gluten-free diet for the celiac patients.


Written by: Nada Dammas, Abdullah Alfaifi





Doctors Suggest Celiac Disease Patients Get Pneumonia Vaccine

Patients suffering from celiac disease have higher odds of developing pneumonia if they haven’t received the pneumococcal vaccine


Coronary Artery Disease as a Complication of Celiac Disease

Autoimmune diseases are no strangers to complications if they were not controlled properly and Celiac is no different, those complications can range from moderate diseases such as Lactose intolerance, to severe complications such as lymphoma and in this article we are going to cover a potential complication that was brought up through a research by Dr. Rama Gajulapalli from Cleveland clinic.


Celiac disease and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile, leading to a higher risk of breaks or fractures. A minor bump or fall can be enough to cause a break in someone with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is one of the most common health problems associated with celiac disease. This article explains how celiac disease can affect your bones, how to find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis, and what you can do to help protect your bone health. 



What is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition that results from either a decrease in the size or number of red blood cells, or in the amount of hemoglobin

What effects does anemia have on our bodies?
red blood cells that deliver oxygen to all our organs, and hemoglobin as the crates on the ship that hold the oxygen. If there is a decrease of red blood cells, oxygen cannot be adequately delivered to our organs. Every part of our body needs oxygen to convert the food we eat to energy and heat. This function is vital to life and is why anemia can leave you feeling tired and weak


Women With Celiac Disease Do not Have an Increased Risk for Fertility Problems

Studies have associated infertility with celiac disease. However, these included small 

numbers of women attending infertility specialist services and subsequently screened for 

celiac disease, and therefore may not have been representative of the general population. 

A new study has been performed in a large population to investigate the correlation 

between infertility and celiac disease. The results have shown the rates of infertility 

among women without celiac disease were similar to those of women with celiac disease 

before and after diagnosis.


Celiac disease and physical activity




Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by gluten, and has a diverse range of symptoms that is different in each patient with the disease, but one of the most common symptoms that can effect physical activity and performance is excessive fatigue, and it is mainly caused by malabsorption or poor absorption of nutrients.



Diabetes and its relationship to Celiac disease

Celiac disease (CD) and type 1 diabetes (T1D) are immune-mediated diseases that share in genetic(HLA) and environmental factors that play important roles in disease pathogenesis.

CD is a polygenic systemic immune-mediated enteropathy triggered by dietary gluten characterized by a specific serum antibody response. T1D is characterized by antibody-mediated destruction of beta cells of pancreatic islets so that blood glucose levels can no longer be maintained in a physiologic range without exogenous insulin(1).


A source of information for gluten free drugs

All of the following medications are gluten free unless otherwise noted
Generic drugs can be produced from many manufacturers and not all manufacturers use the
same fillers or excipients.  When there is a generic drug listed the manufacturer will be in the
parenthesis.  This does not imply that these are the only gluten free manufacturers but that
these were the only ones checked......

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