Right now, the only treatment for Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity is a gluten-free diet.
Will there ever come a time when people with Celiac Disease can safely eat foods containing gluten?
That remains to be seen, but several clinical trials currently underway lend hope.
Dr. Alessio Fasano from the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research is heading up a clinical trial with Alba Therapeutics to test an enzyme of sorts that makes the small intestines impermeable to gluten.1
Another study of a vaccine is underway at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, led by Dr. Bob Anderson. 2 The vaccine is intended to gradually desensitize the Celiac sufferer so that gluten is eventually tolerated. The villi in the intestine should revive and absorb nutrients in a normal way so that there is no longer a need for a gluten-free diet.
There is even more research underway, which makes it very likely Celiacs and gluten sensitive folks may be able to eat a less restrictive diet – or at the very least not worry about ingesting small amounts of gluten – in the not-too-distant future.