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Micronutrient Deficiencies and Celiac Disease

Online Course

Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine and is triggered by exposure to gluten. Gluten instigates an immune process in the body that damages the nutrient-absorbing microvilli and villi in the small intestine. This impairment could dysregulate digestive processes and lead to malabsorption of nutrients. Patients with celiac disease may be at an increased risk for micronutrient deficiency due to a variety of biological factors such as suboptimal digestion or lifestyle factors such as following a gluten-free diet that may be missing important nutrients.

Micronutrient Deficiencies and Celiac Disease explores how micronutrient deficiencies may manifest in patients with celiac disease. Through presentation of three patient scenarios, clinicians will learn to identify the visible, clinical indicators of nutrient deficiency and be able to recommend food sources to support nutrient absorption.

This free online learning module offers:

  • Clinical awareness of potential nutrient deficits common in patients with celiac disease.
  • A focus on matching signs and symptoms to potential nutrient deficiencies.
  • Additional functional medicine resources, including patient and clinician-facing resources for initiating nutrition and lifestyle change.


Read more about the functional medicine approach to gluten sensitivities and food allergies in the following articles.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: A Complex Diagnosis

Intestinal Permeability and Inflammatory Triggers

Fight Inflammation and Stabilize Mast Cells Naturally


Additional Information

What Clinicians Will Learn

By the end of this brief course, clinicians will be able to:

  • Describe the etiology of micronutrient deficiencies in celiac disease.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies that may be associated with celiac disease.
  • Identify useful lab analytes that may indicate common micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Recommend a treatment plan to replete selected micronutrients using food sources.

Who Should Take This Course?

A multimodal approach to assessing physiological dysfunction is a critical first step in addressing the root causes of disease. This course is intended for licensed healthcare practitioners who order and interpret labs, and counsel patients on nutrition within the scope of their practice. Assessing the nutrient status of patients is an important skill for many care providers, even those who may not order labs. All care team members can benefit from learnings in this course such as:

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nutrition professionals (RD, CNS, CN, and others with advanced degrees from accredited universities)
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians (MDs, NDs, DOs, DCs)
  • Registered nurses

Course Access and Expiration

  • Your course will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
  • You will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.
  • Given the nature of digital items, refunds or credits on this purchase are not permitted.