What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease is a condition where the body’s immune system reacts to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods made with:
Coeliac disease affects on average approximately 1 in 70 Australians
What is the treatment?
The only treatment is a strict life-long gluten free diet. Eating any gluten causes the small, finger-like projections (villi) in the bowel to become inflamed and flattened. Eating a gluten free diet allows the bowel wall to heal and digestion to return to normal.
What are the risks of not following a strict gluten free (GF) diet?
Consequences of small bowel damage and poor absorption of nutrients include:
Iron deficiency anaemia and/or other vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Gastrointestinal symptoms e.g. diarrhoea, nausea, bloating
Other complications which can relate to untreated coeliac disease include:
Altered mental state
Increased risk of other autoimmune conditions
Ensure you see a specialist gastrointestinal dietitian for individualised advice to so that you are supported through all stages of your journey. For more information get in contact with us here at the @dietetic.gut.clinic