Following a gluten free diet
The only treatment for coeliac disease is a strict gluten-free diet. This means avoiding all foods that contain wheat, barley, and rye, as well as any products that may have been contaminated with gluten during processing or cooking. Gluten-free alternatives are available for most foods, including bread, pasta, and cereals.
Following a gluten-free diet can be challenging, as gluten is present in many commonly consumed foods, and it can be difficult to identify which foods are safe to eat. However, there are now many resources available to help people with coeliac disease manage their diet, including specialist dietitians and support groups.
It is essential for people with coeliac disease to adhere strictly to a gluten-free diet, as even small amounts of gluten can trigger an immune response and cause damage to the small intestine. Failure to follow a gluten-free diet can lead to complications such as malnutrition, osteoporosis, and an increased risk of certain cancers.