With the development of new serologic testing, patients can now be screened for celiac disease, an intestinal malabsorption disorder.
The effect of treatment (a gluten-free diet) on quality of life for screen-detected patients has not been evaluated.
| Quality of life and GI symptoms improved in celiac patients adopting gluten-free diet.
| Effective Clinical Practice |
A Finnish medical study of 19 patients with screen-detected celiac disease found an association between the adoption of a gluten-free diet and improved quality of life.
Gastrointestinal symptoms also improved.
The patients were studied before and 1 year after beginning the special diet. The diet was explained to them during a single physician visit.
The authors say concerns about the burden of a gluten-free diet, at least over the short term, may be unfounded.