A 26-year-old female asked:
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is there any sort of medication in the works to help make gluten digestible by those with celiac disease? kinda like lactese for lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Celiac disease: As yet celiac disease is treated with a glutein free diet. The food companies have become aware or the problem so that today there more glutein free foods than ever.
Answered on Dec 3, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely to happen: Celiac disease is a quirk in the immune system. At some point the body begins to create antibodies to gluten as if it were a virus. These antibodies attack normal gut tissue where digestion occurs. Any new exposure triggers new antibodies. The disease is more like rheumatoid arthritis than lactose intolerance. Treatment is based on avoiding gluten so the antibody level declines.
Answered on Dec 27, 2017

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