Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Treating Celiac Disease

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 01:56 PM


Question: I suffer from celiac sprue. I am a man who is 80. I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight. Can you recommend a treatment?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
No treatment can cure celiac disease. However, you can effectively manage celiac disease by changing your diet. You need to remove gluten from your diet. It is crucial that you avoid all foods that contain gluten, including wheat-based foods. Consult a dietitian to help you find out what to eat, and what foods to avoid. Look for labels that read “gluten-free” when you shop for groceries. This can begin the healing process that can take several months, or as long as two to three years.
Considering you have lost considerable amount of weight and your advanced age, you can talk to your doctor to take vitamin and mineral supplements. In case, your digestive system cannot absorb these pills, your doctor can shift you to injectable forms of multivitamins. He may also start you on medications to control inflammation in your digestive system until the gluten-free diet begins to show improvement in the sprue.

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