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How long does it take to see results from a gluten-free diet for celiac disease?

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Once you start to follow a gluten-free diet, your symptoms should improve within a few weeks. Many people start to feel better in just a few days.

Your intestines probably won’t return to normal for several months. It could take years for them to completely heal.

Children with celiac disease respond to a gluten-free diet dramatically. Not only do symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal pain go away, but any behavioral issues may also improve. Children also usually return to normal growth rates and quickly catch up in height.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

New England Journal of Medicine, 2007.

Mayo Clinic: “Celiac Disease.”

Celiac Disease Foundation: “What is Gluten?”, “Celiac Disease Treatment and Follow Up.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

New England Journal of Medicine, 2007.

Mayo Clinic: “Celiac Disease.”

Celiac Disease Foundation: “What is Gluten?”, “Celiac Disease Treatment and Follow Up.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2020

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