Celiac Sprue (cont.)
Celiac Sprue Treatment
- The treatment for celiac sprue is strict avoidance of gluten in the diet.
- Removal of gluten from the diet is essential.
Because a gluten-free diet is a lifetime commitment, is more expensive than
a normal diet, and has social implications, it should not be recommended
unless the diagnosis is firmly established. Complete avoidance of
gluten-containing grain products takes significant effort. Maintaining a
strict,gluten-free diet may be relatively difficult because certain
products, such as wheat flour, are so common in the Western diet.
- Improvement in symptoms begins within days of starting the gluten-free diet. Complete healing of the small intestine, meaning the villi are intact and working, usually occurs in 3-6 months, although it may take up to 2 years in older persons.
- Because lactose intolerance
is common in people with celiac sprue, vital improvements occur whena lactose-free diet is introduced.
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