Gluten-Free Diet

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease and is also beneficial for non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this diet in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale.

A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their symptoms and prevent complications. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity may also benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and it may take some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diets restrictions, especially if you werent having troubling symptoms before your diagnosis.

Many grocery stores sell gluten-free foods. If you cant find them in your area, check with a celiac support group or search online.

If youre just starting with a gluten-free diet, its a good idea to consult a dietitian who can tell you how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.