The beginning of the diet is associated with the disappearance of clinical symptoms, the normalisation of antibody tests and the restoration of the normal structure of the intestinal lining. In subjects with typical symptoms, the effects of the treatment are astonishing: within a few days, there is a marked improvement in mood and appetite, followed by the progressive amelioration of diarrhoea and, in children, resumption of growth. Also, metabolic complaints, such as osteoporosis or iron-deficiency anaemia, tend to resolve themselves gradually. The diet, especially if adopted at an early stage, minimises the risk of long-term complications, but it does not completely nullify the possibility of associated autoimmune disorders. These include autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), a disease that is rather common during puberty, particularly in females.
The advantages of a gluten-free diet:
- the intestine returns to normal
- nutrients are absorbed and utilised by the organism
- lost weight is regained
- psychological and physical wellbeing is restored