Many people self-diagnose gluten sensitivity or celiac disease after browsing the Internet and trying out gluten-free eating, but diving into a gluten-free diet without speaking with a health care professional makes achieving an accurate diagnosis more difficult, according to Minneapolis gastroenterologist Dr. Cynthia Sherman. She says going off gluten allows intestinal healing, which masks celiac disease, "but this is a lifelong issue with long-term health ramifications. It should be diagnosed by a doctor, and the patient should be followed by a health practitioner," she said.

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