There are no drugs to treat celiac disease, and there is no cure. The only treatment is lifetime avoidance of gluten. This means no breads, baked products, pastas, or cereals made with wheat (including spelt, triticale, and kamut), rye, barley, or oats (although there is currently some controversy over oats, which will be discussed shortly).
But the list doesn't stop there. Many ingredients in processed foods are derived from the off-limit grains, including thickeners, fillers, and stabilizers in foods such as canned soups, luncheon meats, salad dressings, ice cream, pudding, pie, chewing gum, beer, canned tuna, and hot dogs, to name just a few. Even medications and mouthwash may contain gluten.
If you have celiac disease, the following are important safety steps to help you avoid gluten:
- Know the many ingredients that may harbor the forbidden gluten.
- Check the label of every food very carefully.
- Contact food and medication manufacturers if ingredients are unclear or there is any question.
- Get guidance from a doctor or dietitian experienced in working with people who have celiac disease.
- Learn from others who suffer from the disease.
- Avoid a food if there is any doubt about its ingredients, because every exposure to even a small amount of gluten causes intestinal damage.
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