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People with celiac disease often do not produce adequate digestive secretions from the pancreas, including lipase enzymes1 In a double-blind trial, children with celiac disease who received a pancreatic enzyme supplement along with a gluten-free diet gained significantly more weight in the first month than those treated with only a gluten-free diet.2 However, this benefit disappeared in the second month, suggesting enzyme supplements may only be useful at the beginning of dietary treatment.
People with Crohn's disease may be deficient in pancreatic enzymes, including lipase.1 In theory, supplementing with enzymes might improve the nutrient malabsorption that is often associated with Crohn's disease. However, people with Crohn's disease considering supplementation with enzymes should consult a doctor.
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