The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University recently published its steps for nutrition assessment of patients with celiac disease.
The gluten-free diet is currently the only treatment for celiac disease, and patients should be monitored closely by a dietitian who is knowledgeable regarding this diet.
Evaluation by a dietitian includes the following:
- Diet History – A comprehensive assessment of dietary history, with an emphasis on caloric and micronutrient intake.
- Patient Education – Patient knowledge of the gluten-free diet is assessed and interpretation of food labels is taught.
- Dietary Assessment – Identification of micronutrient deficiencies or coexisting gastrointestinal conditions may occur during a comprehensive dietary assessment.
- Follow Up – In patients with evidence of gluten exposure, a thorough evaluation for cross-contamination is performed.
Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, Suite 956, 180 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032, USA. Electronic address: Sms2246@columbia.edu.