Celiac disease is a global disease, and currently the only available treatment is a gluten-free diet. In the developed world there are a lot of resources for people with celiac disease who need to be on a gluten-free diet, but it is still a substantial challenge. As celiac disease is being diagnosed in other countries, social, financial, cultural differences come into play, and can impact the ability of the celiac patient to follow a gluten-free diet. Dr. Joseph Murray, M. D., co-author of a recent paper published in Nature Reviews, Gastroenetrology and Hepatology, reviews some of these challenges and suggests strategies to maximize successful treatment, achieve healing, and prevent complications.
Some important highlights from the article:
Dr. Murray concludes that, "Central to success is engagement of the public health system, of doctors and dietitians who can support celiac patients in achieving wellness through a gluten-free diet."
Read the full journal review online here.
For more information about celiac disease, visit mayoclinic.org/celiac disease.
Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic.
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