Other Treatments for Celiac Disease
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For 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.
American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
The Merck Manual of Medical Information. 17th ed. Simon and Schuster, Inc.; 2000.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
Last reviewed July 2008 by ]]>Daus Mahnke, MD]]>
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