I was diagnosed with celiac disease fairly recently, am on a gluten-free diet, and am now feeling fine. Do I need to continue to have follow-up appointments with my healthcare team?
During the first year after diagnosis, more frequent follow-ups are generally recommended. After that, speak with your healthcare team about annual follow–ups. Each person’s physical and emotional health is unique, so the frequency of follow-ups should be discussed and determined with a personal physician and healthcare team.
The screening blood tests done as part of the celiac diagnosis are a primary component of a follow-up visit since high antibody levels can indicate gluten exposure and incomplete healing. Seeking help from a dietitian knowledgeable about the gluten-free diet may also be advisable, especially if lab results indicate gluten exposure, and/or if there are particular nutritional deficiencies or concerns.
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