Topic outline

  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Online Course 
    "Celiac Facts for Patients"

    You may have accessed this e-learning because you (or your child) have been diagnosed by celiac disease. Or maybe a close relative, friend or colleague told you about her or his celiac condition recently. The following units of this e-module aim at giving you the most important information on celiac disease, including its diagnosis, treatment and impacts on daily life. The better one knows about the disease, the easier it will become to keep the gluten-free diet and to accept it. Moreover, it is very important not to only rely on healthcare professionals, but to be actively involved when it comes to the prevention of long-term health consequences and monitoring of celiac disease. Always keep in mind: as long as you keep the gluten-free diet, you can live a healthy life!

    This video gives you a first overview of the topics that will be covered in more detail in the following units:



      Useful hint: you may also show this video to your family, friends and colleagues when talking about your celiac disease for the first time. 
    The video may also be useful to explain celiac disease to your child.
  • Unit 1 Understanding Celiac Disease

  • Unit 2 Diagnosing Celiac Disease

    Dieses Thema
  • Unit 3 Treatment of Celiac Disease

    Unit 3 - Treatment of Celiac Disease

    The only available treatment for celiac disease is a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet. Under the gluten-free diet, symptoms will improve in most cases, the antibody levels will gradually normalize and the intestine will mostly recover.

    Since gluten is contained in a wide variety of commonly eaten foods, the necessary dietary adjustments after a confirmed diagnosis can be challenging. Good knowledge on the gluten-free diet and its implications on daily routines are essential to avoid dietary mistakes and involuntary gluten ingestion. Part of the required knowledge is to know how gluten-free foods need to be labeled in order to choose safe options.

    With the gluten-free diet, all nutrient requirements can be met and dietary supplements are usually not necessary. Although generally healthy, the gluten-free diet requires more considerate food choices than a normal diet, especially when certain co-morbidities or lifestyle choices are present as well. The risk of nutrient deficiencies or excesses can be minimized when considerate food choices are made.

    Test Your Knowledge!

    Lesson 1 - Gluten-Free Diet - What Can I Eat?

                                        Lesson 2 - How Do I Read Food Labels?

    Lesson 3 - How Healthy is the Glutenfree Diet?

    Quiz - Gluten-free ShoppingRequest to the Cook

    Overview of the contents and learning aims of Unit 3 

  • Unit 4 Living with Celiac Disease

    Unit 4 - Living with Celiac Disease

    After being diagnosed with celiac disease, many different emotions, ranging from relieve to anger and frustration may come up. Being diagnosed with a chronic disease requires emotional adjustment. For some patients, this might be easier than for others. 

    In any case, the diagnosis should not take control over the patient’s life. Therefore, everyone needs to find his or her personal way to deal with the new situation. There is no “one size fits all” strategy, but some behaviors are generally considered to be helpful mechanisms for many celiac patients: learning about celiac disease, telling others and joining support groups are just some examples. 

    In the long-term, it is necessary to monitor celiac disease as well as associated comorbidities and complications regularly. This reduces the risk for long-term health complications and can improve the quality of life.

                                           Test your knowledge!

          Lesson 1 - Coping with the Diagnosis

                                       Lesson 2 - Support from a professional Celiac Network

     Lesson 3 - Managing & Monitoring Celiac Disease

              Myth or Reality?

    Overview of the contents and learning aims of Unit 4