The recovery time of the intestinal mucosa after starting the Gluten-Free Diet can be highly variable:
- In adults who follow the Gluten Free Diet correctly, it can take several years.
In children it usually normalizes earlier.
Recently, the most important international congress on celiac disease, ICDS 2022, took place. In it, Shannon et al. presented a poster on the recovery of the intestinal mucosa in patients with Celiac Disease.
To do this, they were based on a study in which they recruited 360 patients who had been recently diagnosed. A, biopsies were then performed at different time intervals (24 months, 24-60 months, and over 60 months) to determine the state of the intestinal villi. The conclusions were the following:
👉 More than 50% of the patients, who had been correctly following a Gluten-Free Diet for less than 5 years, presented a recovery of the intestinal mucosa.
👉 80% of the patients, who had been following a Gluten-Free Diet for more than 5 years, presented a recovery of the intestinal mucosa.
Remember that strict adherence to a gluten-free diet favors the recovery of the intestinal mucosa in celiacs. Take control of adherence to the Gluten Free Diet.
References: Shannon et al. Mucosal recovery in celiac disease: an achievable target or an unrealistic goal? Poster presented at: ICDS 2022. 19th International Celiac Disease Symposium; 2022 Oct 19-22; Sorrento, Italy.