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When to See a Nutritionist for Celiac Disease

By Lana Bandoim

It can be difficult to figure out the gluten-free diet for celiac disease on your own. A nutritionist can answer questions and help put together safe meal plans. Consider the following signs that it may be time to see a nutritionist for celiac disease and get help.  

New Diagnosis and Questions

If you just received a new diagnosis of celiac disease, then the changes may feel overwhelming. Many people see a nutritionist after being diagnosed with this condition. They often have multiple questions that their doctors cannot answer or do not have time to address. Nutritionists can simplify the process and eliminate the confusion.

The Need for More Support

In some cases, it may be easier to talk to a nutritionist than a doctor. People who are diagnosed with celiac disease may need ongoing support. In addition to diet advice and help, they may need to find educational programs or other ways to manage this condition. A nutritionist can connect you with more resources and support groups.

Family Struggles

Many doctors recommend that people with celiac disease make their entire kitchens gluten-free to avoid the risk of contamination. It is possible to react to a crumb with gluten, so this is an important step. However, family members often struggle with these changes and resist them. They may not want to switch to a gluten-free diet and resent the person who is sick. A nutritionist can help these family problems and explain the importance of going gluten-free. Hearing this information from an expert can make a big difference for families.

Gluten-Free Diet Struggles

Studies show that sticking to the gluten-free diet is a challenge for many people. Temptations are hard to avoid, and many people offer food filled with gluten because they do not understand the dangers. If you are struggling with the gluten-free diet, talk to a nutritionist. They can work on weekly meal plans and offer suggestions for new recipes.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Celiac disease can cause malabsorption that leads to nutritional deficiencies. A nutritionist can address these problems and fix them. They can suggest diet changes or additional supplements to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies. They can also order tests to monitor the levels of important nutrients in your body.

There are several reasons to see a nutritionist for celiac disease. Consider the options and ask a doctor for a referral or find a nutritionist on your own.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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