Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

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MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies


Background: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten proteins in wheat, barley, and rye, necessitating a strict gluten-free diet. However, many individuals without celiac disease are adopting gluten-free diets for various health reasons.

Purpose: This study compares the quality of life and health profile of individuals with celiac disease and those following a gluten-free diet for non-celiac reasons.

Methods: A survey was conducted and distributed via social media to people diagnosed with celiac disease and those adhering to a gluten-free diet non-celiac. The results were analyzed via Google Forms and Excel to better interpret the data for visualization.

Results: According to the survey, celiac disease patients experienced a lower quality of life, had strict dietary restrictions, and were better informed and less anxious. In contrast, non-celiac gluten/wheat-sensitive individuals reported a better quality of life, fewer diet restrictions, and improved overall health. Both groups faced micronutrient deficiencies, raising concerns about the nutritional value of gluten-free products.

Conclusion: Understanding these differences is crucial for providing better healthcare and nutritional support for individuals adhering to gluten-free diets. However, the study has limitations due to self-reporting bias and small sample size, requiring further investigation to establish causative relationships.


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