The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) guidelines on the ‘Diagnosis and Management of Adult Coeliac Disease’ recommend an annual follow-up for patients with coeliac disease. It is important that you continue to monitor your condition by visiting your GP for annual blood tests that will ensure your disease is under control by checking that essential nutrients are being absorbed and that gluten is not accidentally creeping into your diet.
THE ICGP document is aimed at the medical community. You can find a copy of the latest guidelines here: http://bit.ly/2FLAU1W
Once a year we suggest you have an annual check-up. Ask your GP to take blood tests and check the following:
- Antibodies (against tissue transglutaminase, tTG or endomysial antigen, EmA)
- Full blood count
- Iron /TIBC (ferritin)
- Folic Acid (preferable red-cell rather than serum)
- Vitamin B12
- 25-OH-Vit D
If you currently don’t have a GP visit the Irish College of General Practicioners website to find a local practice. Click here for more.