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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 266-268

Psychological dimensions of celiac disease in India

Senior Consultant, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket and Patpargunj; Director, Celiac India and Beyond Foundation, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Pankaj Vohra
C 19, Anand Niketan, Ground Floor, New Delhi - 110 021
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.183074

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An epidemic of celiac disease is being witnessed in India as well as several other parts of the world. Awareness is important for early diagnosis and treatment so as to avoid long-term morbidity as well as irreversible complications. However, the key for resolution of the disease is good compliance to a gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, the current scenario in India is that either gluten free foods are not easily available or are expensive and often not tested. This is especially true in schools and colleges and smaller towns. In addition, the stigma attached to gluten-free food makes it socially undesirable, and this is made worse by the lack of knowledge among peers, family members, advisors, and even health care providers. We need to make a strong pitch to overcome the confusion regarding the disease as well as the diet to avoid psychological and medical complications.

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