Someone with celiac disease on strict gluten-free diet should absorb needed vitamins without the need for special supplements, unless there’s: Incomplete healing (persisting symptoms, clinical signs of malnutrition, an abnormal repeat biopsy); or Laboratory evidence of nutritional deficiencies (anemia, low bone mineral density, low cholesterol, low prealbumin, low iron, etc.). We do, however, recommend a… Read more »(Updated .)
Can you recommend a good, gluten-free multi-vitamin?
For all questions about vitamins, prescriptions or other pills/medications, we recommend visiting glutenfreedrugs.com.(Updated .)
Can someone with celiac disease have Vitamin B-12 anemia? If so, what can they do about it?
Although Vitamin B-12 is absorbed in the distal ileum, where villi should be okay even in someone with celiac disease, in reality we do see many celiacs with low levels of B-12 at diagnosis. Take a supplement and have the serum level re-checked in 2-3 months; it should be normal.(Updated .)
Should I be worried about high Vitamin B-6 levels as someone with celiac disease?
Don’t worry about high Vitamin B-6 levels. They may simply reflect high intake and won’t cause any effects.(Updated .)
Are vitamin tests valuable to determine if there are ongoing absorption problems?
In someone with celiac disease, full absorption should return once on a gluten-free diet. Depending on the patient, we may continue to monitor levels of certain vitamins once diagnosed.(Updated .)
Is there an association between eye problems like vision impairment and celiac disease?
No, eye problems aren’t associated with celiac disease unless the disease is causing such profound malnutrition as to affect vitamin levels. However, this is an extremely unlikely scenario.(Updated .)
Are there vitamins created specifically for nutrient deficiencies in celiac patients?
The treatment for celiac disease does not require any special additional supplementation from vitamin/mineral supplements, regardless of any prior deficiencies. We do recommend a daily multivitamin. The only treatment at this time is a gluten-free diet, which will repair the absorptive surface and heal the small intestine, preventing any further deficiencies. The most important detail… Read more »(Updated .)
Will I respond to supplements once I start a gluten-free diet?
Once on a gluten-free diet, you should return to normal health and require only a multivitamin.(Updated .)