As many who have Celiac disease or care for someone with the disease might suspect, quality of life often diminishes when on a strict gluten-free diet. The burden of treatment for Celiac disease is high for patients – comparable to the burden of patients with end stage renal disease on dialysis.
A study recently published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hematology tested the effects of using the Nima Gluten Sensor on quality of life and adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. They found that 90% of participants agreed that Nima was easy to understand, helped them follow a gluten-free diet, gave peace of mind & was useful.
Read on to learn more about the study design and findings.
- 15 adults and 15 teenagers were enrolled in the 3 month study
- Subjects received either 6, 12, or 24 gluten test capsules per month
- Showed improvements in overall quality of life
- Helped lower depression in a statistically significant way
- 13/15 adults had at least one “gluten found” result in a “gluten-free” food
- 77% of those reported always trusting that finding
- 69% never ate the food after such a result.
No statistically significant improvement in any category, however…
- Quality of Life improved slightly (This population started with much higher scores than adults)
- Improved gluten-free diet adherence (This population began with a much lower adherence rate than adults)
- 9/15 teenagers had at least one “gluten found” result in a “gluten-free” food
- 100% of those reported always trusting the finding
- 89% never at the food after such an event.
- The vast majority of participants would recommend the device to others with Celiac disease and planned to continue using it.
- 6 of the 15 participants using 6 capsules per month desired more capsules
- Users could identify 4-5 of 6 Nima test limitations correctly
- Learnings for Nima: We have instructions on limitations of the product at many touch points but the study shows a need to continue consistently messaging that information to our users. We are committed to doing this in even more ways moving forward.
- Teenagers were more likely to say that the test took too long (86% vs 47% for adults), and were more anxious using Nima (43% vs 0% for adults)
We are thrilled to see that the support Nima was developed to provide to the Celiac community is being tested and validated with studies like this. We look forward to sharing more studies highlighting Nima as they are published.
To read the full study, click here.
Please note: Two of the six study authors are unpaid advisory members to Nima. Nima was not involved in ANY aspect of they study (drafting protocol, selecting participants or analyzing data) Nima was only asked to supply the sensors.