The only “cure” for Celiac Disease is to follow a strict gluten-free diet. Following the gluten-free diet if you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease is vital in order to restore health. Not following the diet may result in continued symptoms and even possible cancer, like lymphoma.
An article just published earlier this month on the Columbia University Medical Center’s website discusses the increased risk for those with Celiac Disease and ongoing intestinal damage. While a biopsy of the small intestine is used to diagnose Celiac Disease, it is not standard practice to have a follow-up after the gluten-free diet is started and healing has begun.
While there are times I miss my favorite foods, I haven’t cheated on the gluten-free diet because I get very sick. I am sure that helps with my adherence, as it would certainly be more tempting to indulge if I didn’t suffer almost immediate consequences. There are people out there with Celiac Disease who don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic), yet still suffer the long term consequences of eating gluten. It would be much harder under those circumstances to strictly adhere to the diet. I liken it to eating healthy or not smoking; making the choice to adhere to the gluten-free diet benefits overall and long term health.
If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, have you intentionally cheated on the gluten-free diet? Was it an isolated incident, or is it something you do frequently? Have you had a follow-up to see if your small intestine/villi are healing? I am genuinely curious and not here to judge. If you don’t feel comfortable commenting on the blog, please message me.