Prognosis for People with Celiac Disease

Most patients who have celiac disease begin to feel better soon after starting the gluten-free diet. Healing of the small intestine begins immediately. Patients who begin a strict, gluten-free diet immediately after diagnosis have the best chance of living a healthy and active life. Full recovery can take a few months to several years.

Following a gluten-free diet and learning what foods and food additives to avoid is crucial for recovery. Untreated celiac disease can cause severe malnutrition and can develop into other autoimmune diseases and cancer. Patients who have the disease should be monitored regularly by a physician.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Feb 2008

Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015