4 Easy Steps to Assess Nutrition in Celiac Disease

easy steps to assess nutrition in celiac diseaseThe 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:

 

  1. celiac disease nutritionDiet History – A comprehensive assessment of dietary history, with an emphasis on caloric and micronutrient intake.
  2. Patient Education – Patient knowledge of the gluten-free diet is assessed and interpretation of food labels is taught.
  3. Dietary Assessment – Identification of micronutrient deficiencies or coexisting gastrointestinal conditions may occur during a comprehensive dietary assessment.
  4. Follow Up – In patients with evidence of gluten exposure, a thorough evaluation for cross-contamination is performed.

 

Sources:

Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, Suite 956, 180 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032, USA. Electronic address: Sms2246@columbia.edu.

Simpson SThompson T. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2012 Oct;22(4):797-809. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2012.07.010. Epub 2012 Aug 18.

 

About the author

Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com & The Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.