Patients with celiac disease who do not adhere to a strict, gluten-free diet have been found to have an increased mortality risk, and report poorer quality of life. They often have significant nutritional deficiencies and are at an increased risk for associated autoimmune disorders, other serious conditions, and cancers. Long-term follow-up care is needed to assure patient compliance and positive health outcomes.
Celiac Disease Foundation’s medical experts have developed a list of best practices to assure optimal care for adults diagnosed with celiac disease. This includes regular physician visits and counseling with a dietitian expert in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, most internists and family practice doctors will not be familiar with the newly recommended post-diagnosis treatment protocol.
If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease and you want to do all you can to ensure positive health outcomes, you are encouraged to print the Adult Follow-Up Checklist and use it with your physician and your dietitian to assure proper post-diagnosis treatment.