Sometimes people with celiac disease can be deficient in certain nutrients because their body doesn’t absorb them properly. The most common include:
Once you start a gluten-free diet, your intestines should recover and you should be able to absorb these nutrients again. But talk to your doctor to see if you need to take a gluten-free multivitamin or supplement.
When Will I See Results?
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.