Is a gluten-free diet safe if I don't have celiac disease?

A gluten-free diet is safe even if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease. Some non-celiac disease intestinal disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome, can respond to a gluten-free diet. Just because your symptoms improve on the diet doesn't mean you have celiac disease. Diagnosis of celiac disease is by antibody tests and a small bowel biopsy.
A gluten-free diet can result in certain nutrient deficiencies and is therefore only recommended for people with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders.

If you think gluten is a problem for you, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible to find a diagnosis before starting a gluten-free diet. Once on a gluten-free diet, it becomes more difficult to diagnose or rule out celiac disease.

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