Is there a cure for celiac disease?

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Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDN

Q: Is celiac disease curable by medicine?

Answer


There is currently no medication available to cure celiac disease. The only treatment available to manage celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet that is free of cross contact with gluten. However, many people are still struggling with symptoms despite being on a gluten-free diet.  The good news is that there are several medications that are being studied for celiac disease that may become available in the future.

Read more about current trials here:

https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/future-therapies-for-celiac-disease/

Check out this chart of current trials here:

https://www.beyondceliac.org/research/drugdevelopment/drug-development-pipeline/

There are also several enzymes being developed and studied for celiac disease. However, they will not be a cure, but an adjunct to a strict gluten-free diet. Here is a post from a previous question that Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN answered discussing enzymes:

https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/gliadinx-product-digestive-enzyme-supplement/

Reviewed and updated October 5, 2022.

Note: This information is provided by NCA and Katarina Mollo MEd, RDN, LDN, NCA's Director of Education. This information is meant for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for personalized medical advice or replace any medical advice provided directly to you by your health care provider. No liability is assumed by the NCA or Katarina Mollo, MEd, RDN, LDN by providing this information.

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