Your answers to seven simple questions could be all it takes for your doctor to know and analyze how you’re doing with the gluten-free diet. New research published in this month’s Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology looked at away to “accurately measure gluten-free diet (GFD) adherence in a standardized manner.”

Researchers whittled down an 85-question survey down to seven questions, called the Celiac Dietary Adherence Test. During the research, celiacs took the test and researchers concluded is a good indicator of adherence to the gluten-free diet.

According to HealthDay News,

“The CDAT is a novel tool specifically developed to assess gluten-free diet adherence that meets essential criteria for reliability and face, internal and external validity. The CDAT requires little time to complete and is simple to administer, score and interpret. This subjective, patient completed tool can be used alone or in conjunction with biological markers to assess dietary adherence and disease activity in individuals with celiac disease.”

My two cents:  Neither the study nor the HealthDay report discuss if, or when, any of us may see this CDAT questionnaire in our doctor’s offices. Since the questionnaire is “easy to interpret and administer”, if it becomes available, I hope it will also go to general practitioners as well as gastroenterologists.

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