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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can someone develop celiac disease after being on a gluten free diet?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
No: You either have it or you don't.

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A 39-year-old male asked:

Gluten free diet. Is this a fad? Is there any point if you don't have celiac disease?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes & YES!!!: Yes, it is a fad, but for good reason. While less than 1% of those in the US have celiac disease, experts estimate ~10% have gluten sensitivity, distinct from celiac, which often causes GI symptoms, headaches & fatigue. Tests for celiac are negative so a trial of avoiding gluten is the best current test.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is a gluten-free diet a healthy alternative for someone that doesn't have celiac disease?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes, but unnecessary: People who have no ill symptoms and no allergy to gluten don't benefit from a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods use grains such as corn, rice, millet, quinoa, and sorghum that don't have gluten, but such foods are more expensive and harder to find. However, healthy gluten-free foods are fine for anyone to eat, as long as they are part of a balanced diet.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the value of a gluten-free diet for people who don't have celiac disease?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No real value: People who have no allergy to gluten don't benefit from a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods use grains such as corn and sorghum that don't have gluten, but such foods are more expensive and harder to find. Healthy gluten-free foods are fine for anyone to eat, as long as they are part of a balanced diet.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

I have celiac disease and i'm on a gluten free diet. Should i be seeing a doctor for my celiac disease? If so, why?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
Yes, you should: You don't mention how you were diagnosed. If you are doing well and initially had an endoscopy that confirmed the diagnosis, there is no urgency. Still you should be seen once a year. If you have never had an endoscopy, you should see a gastroenterologist.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
There are some longterm risks associated with celiac disease even when treated . That's why you need a regular check up with a GI specialist.
Oct 8, 2013
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A 22-year-old male asked:

What happens if gluten free diet is not observed in celiac disease?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Celiac disease: There are several risks by not keeping the diet. This is a comprehensive overview. Also, a gastroenterologist can answer all of these questions. http://www.celiaccentral.org/Celiac-Disease/21/
Last updated Aug 19, 2013

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