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GluteGuard Not a Treatment for Coeliac Disease

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13 Oct 2016

Recent publicity regarding dietary supplement GluteGuard has prompted a number of enquiries to the office of Coeliac Australia.

While the development of enzyme based treatments is exciting, the company manufacturing GluteGuard advises that the supplement is not intended to treat or cure coeliac disease, or be used as a replacement for the gluten free diet.

After a thorough review of the existing medical studies, the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia advises that there is insufficient data from clinical studies to support the safety and efficacy of gluten enzyme supplements in the management of coeliac disease.

Importantly, the potential for harm to people with coeliac disease consuming products on the assumption they may benefit when insufficient evidence exists is a very real concern.

Any claims to digest gluten and assist in the treatment of coeliac disease or related disorders need to be rigorously evaluated to ensure safety and efficacy for coeliac disease patients.

Coeliac Australia does not recommend patients with coeliac disease use these kinds of products outside of the context of clinical trials.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune illness caused by dietary gluten. It is associated with several potentially serious medical complications such as osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, cancer and infections.

The only treatment for coeliac disease is the strict, life-long avoidance of foods containing gluten, which is necessary to reduce the risk of these complications.


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