The Best Present Treatment For Celiac Disease ( Cd ) Is A Gluten Free Diet ( Gfd )

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Results Across the research, there have been commonalities and similarities. Most of the authors agree that the best present treatment for celiac disease (CD) is a gluten-free diet (GFD). A cross-sectional age-matched study done on 18 Italian children, aged four to 10 years, demonstrated that there were statistical differences in eating habits and frequency of eating among CD children and a control group. These dietary intakes were measured using the semi-quantitative Block Food Frequency Questionnaire (Zuccotti et al., 2013, p. 438). While there were statistical differences in dietary intakes between the control group and the test group, the body mass index (BMI) values were not statistically different. These differences may be…show more content…
591) to “disease onset, clinical setting of follow-up, GFD compliance, health status (HS) and quality of life (QoL)” (Norsa et al., 2015, p. 591) to “parents’ opinion on their children 's diet, the possible need and/or preference for novel therapies, with the possibility to express more than one option as well as their willingness to enroll their children in ad hoc clinical trials” (Norsa et al., 2015, p. 591). A limitation of the survey is that the parents of CD patients were questioned rather than the patients themselves, which leaves room for inaccuracies due to perception. With that being said, a strength is that the survey is “designed for celiac children and adolescents, who are the most problematic groups and the population with the highest probability of access to an alternative therapy” (Norsa et al., 2015, p.593). A study conducted by Sharp, Walker, and Coppell (2014) examined the results of the New Zealand Coeliac Health Survey, a self-administered cross-sectional survey of “biopsy-positive respondents aged 16 years and over (n=936)” (p. 223). The results indicated that patients expressed an assortment of symptoms prior to being diagnosed. Patients expressed relief from some symptoms when adhering to a strict GFD, but continued to suffer from others. “12.6% (n=118) attributed their symptoms to other food allergies and 26.0% (n=243) to hidden sources of gluten” (Sharp et al., 2014, p. 224). Patients also had trouble with ensuring the

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