Many people who have any form of gluten intolerance don't treat themselves. Currently the only treatment for this is going on and sticking to a gluten free diet. Some of the long term effects as pulled from celiaccenter.org are
"Untreated celiac disease can be life threatening. Celiac are more
likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including
osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system
disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall
bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated celiac
disease has also been linked an increased risk of certain types of cancer,
especially intestinal lymphoma."
What this means to you. Bad nutrition, malnutrition, bone lose, bad teeth,
internal bleeding, issues with your organs, fertility issues, eye and nerve
issues, an increased risk of cancer and death.
When this is broken down it makes a gluten free diet much more appealing.
At no time in your life will you be able to go back onto gluten.
The gluten free lifestyle is for life. While this may seem harsh it is
only a small thing.
By not allowing your body to absorb what it needs by constantly introducing
yourself to a substance you cannot break down you are not only damaging your
intestinal lining but also the rest of your body. It is so important for
those people with this issue to not only get tested but also to keep themselves
as gluten free as possible.