Only One Treatment: Gluten Free Diet

Celiac disease is an Autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them. Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes the body cells as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine. The villi play a major role in nutrient absorption so, when they are damaged, the body can’t properly absorb nutrients. Over time, malnutrition and other side effects of the autoimmune response produce symptoms. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.  

When D was diagnosed, we had hundreds of opinions for the treatment from friends and family. We opted for homeopathic medicines for 4 months. We went to Ambala 3 to 4 times to visit yet another doctor, who promised to treat the disease but all invain. They all give you medicines and you need to stay on a GF diet along with the medicines. They promise ttg level will decrease with their medicines. But it’s not that way. The ttg level goes down only with Gf diet and not the medicines. After few months on strict GF diet, the ttg level automatically comes down (even if you don’t opt for medicines) and doctors ask you, that now you can have gluten. And you feel comfortable after eating gluten because the ttg is very low and it takes much time to increase the ttg level in blood and to effect the small intestine. But after few months the disease comes back, with severe symptoms and can be life threatening. So don’t just take opinions and suggestions unless from a certified celiac doctor. There is no treatment to celiac and it is lifelong. Accept it and you’ll be healthy.

Because celiac disease is triggered by gluten consumption, the only treatment is to avoid all foods that contain gluten in the diet. Removing gluten will reduce the immune response damaging your small intestine and will give the villi time to heal. Antibody levels take a long time (sometimes more than a year) to normalize after a person has stopped eating gluten. Eventually, you’ll be able to start digesting food and absorbing nutrients properly. The gluten-free diet is a lifetime requirement. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the small intestine. Careful attention must be paid to the ingredients of common foods on the market, since traces of gluten may be present in various products. Be careful and maintain Gluten free life style!!

Only treatment is to stop eating gluten.

Once you stop eating gluten,your body will start to heal.

This is MY alphabet O for Only “One Treatment: Gluten Free Diet”, in #BlogchatterA2Z AprilA2Z in Parenting Tales with A Celiac Child. Do share your experiences as it’s always incredibly beneficial to connect with others who share similar experiences.

Published by Dr. Jyoti Arora

A daughter a wife a mom a blogger a poet

2 thoughts on “Only One Treatment: Gluten Free Diet

  1. My blood boils to see the malpractices of some doctors. When it’s known that Celiac is an autoimmune disease and can be treated only by avoiding the GF diet, why on Earth do they recommend medicines and stoke hopes for the patient as well his/ her relatives. Such doctors shouldn’t be allowed to practice at all.
    Good to know that you realized the truth early and saved D’s life from further trauma.

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