A 35-year-old male asked:
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i have celiac disease. apart from following a strict gluten free diet, what other precautions and regular tests should i be taking?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Stop gluten; then...: Celiac patients have a higher chance of getting type 1 diabetes, thyroid diseases, and other autoimmune disorders. People with celiac disease have a higher chance of gastrointestinal conditions such as colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, functional bowel disorders, reduced gut motility, or delayed stomach emptying. A nutritionist / dietician can review one's diet to make sure it's well-balanced.
Answered on Dec 25, 2016
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Dr. Ernest Fischer
10 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
A few...: Bone density testing is recommended. Nutrient level like iron, B12 and Vitamin D may be checked. Certain vaccines are indicated compared to normal population (specifically pneumococcal). Your GI doctor should discuss need for endoscopy as well.
Answered on Dec 25, 2016

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Dr. Roji Andrews
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Do not be on a glute: Most important precaution to take is to avoid a gluten free diet. The test can false negative result if you are already on a gluten free diet.
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