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Other Treatments for Celiac Disease

Managing Nutritional Deficiencies and Loss of Bone Mass

Nutrition and Vitamin Supplements

Nutrition and vitamin supplements are sometimes necessary when:

  • Intestinal damage is severe
  • Intestinal damage does not heal rapidly

In cases of severe malnutrition, supplemental nutrition may be needed intravenously for a short period of time to restore your nutritional deficiencies and help prevent more serious complications from celiac disease. This is called parenteral nutrition.

Also, vitamin and mineral supplements may be necessary. A calcium supplement can help preserve bone density, while other nutrients can help correct deficiencies. Ask your doctor if you need to take vitamin and/or mineral supplements.

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Celiac disease. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/condition/celiac-disease. Updated August 2017. Accessed January 10, 2018.

Celiac disease. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114570/Celiac-disease. Updated February 7, 2017. Accessed January 10, 2018.

Celiac disease. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/malabsorption-syndromes/celiac-disease. Updated May 2016. Accessed January 10, 2018.

Celiac disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease. Accessed January 10, 2018.

Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD  Last Updated: 12/20/2014