I was diagnosed in 1996 when “celiac” and “gluten free” were still foreign words.  I remember the first conversation I had with a fellow Celiac.  I sat on the floor in my bedroom, confused and overwhelmed, listening to the kind voice on the other end of the telephone talking me through gluten free condiment options. …

There is no cure for celiac disease. But, there is an experimental medication in Phase IIB testing, Larazotide Acetate, to be used along with a gluten-free diet. The investigational medicine, Larazotide Acetate, was developed by Alba Therapeutics. The experimental medicine has been used in Phase I and Phase II studies and currently being studied to…

Wheat, rye, and barley are universally acknowledged to contain the gluten proteins that trigger inflammation and damage to the small intestine in people with celiac disease. Gluten provokes the secretion of IgA-class autoantibodies which target tissue transglutaminase (tTG). These autoantibodies, called anti-tissue tranglutaminase (anti-tTG), are produced in the small-intestinal mucosa. Following ingestion of gluten, anti-tTG…

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…