Gluten-free diet

Gluten-free diet – a diet that involves the complete elimination of food containing gluten.

A gluten-free diet is the only medically recognized method of treating a celiac disease or its associated symptoms. According to a February 2005 report by the World Organization of Gastroenterologists (WOG-OMGE) [source not cited 1322 days], celiac patients should not eat wheat, rye or barley in any form. Patients with active (clinically significant) celiac disease have an increased risk of death compared to the general population. However, this increased risk of death returns to normal after three to five years of strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.