Would a gluten-free diet help with such inflammatory diseases as psoriasis? — James Spall, FNP, Knoxville, Tenn.
In the absence of symptoms of celiac disease, I generally do not recommend that patients go gluten-free as a treatment for inflammatory disease. No research has yet shown that psoriasis can be improved with a gluten-free diet.
Anyone who decides to eliminate gluten from his or her diet should first consult a dietitian for guidance. Gluten can be hidden in unexpected foods, such as lunch meat and salad dressing. A gluten-free diet must be maintained for at least 90 days before improvement can be assessed. — Abby A. Jacobson, PA-C (188-2)
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