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Can You Outgrow Celiac Disease?

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Updated November 24, 2008

Question: Can You Outgrow Celiac Disease?
Answer: No. If you have biopsy-proven celiac disease, you will have it for your entire life.

A long time ago, people thought that only children had celiac disease, and that children could outgrow it. Now we know that celiac disease affects adults too, that it does not go away, and that people who have it need to follow a gluten-free diet for life. Even if your symptoms disappear (or even if you never had symptoms at all), you should not eat gluten, because if you do, you will damage the villi that line your intestines. Your symptoms will eventually return, and your risk for other diseases will increase.

Sources:

University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research

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