Approximately 1 in 70 Australians have a condition known as Coeliac Disease. This means that they are unable to eat products that contain gluten, including bread and foods made with rye, wheat and barley 🍞. When such foods are eaten symptoms such as tummy ache, tiredness and weight loss can occur. These symptoms disappear once gluten is taken out of the diet.
Most Australians don’t know they suffer from Coeliac disease. Diagnosis is important because if it’s left without management, small bowel damage can occur leading to poor absorption of vitamins.
Testing for coeliac disease can include a blood test which your doctor can organise, however, you should have eaten gluten in the preceding 6 weeks.
Coeliac disease is managed with a strict gluten free diet, sometimes seeing a dietician can be helpful.
If you think you may be affected and would like further advice, please pop by and see me in clinic.
Coeliac disease is a serious medical illness that affects 1 in 70 Australians, however 80% who are affected remain undiagnosed.
Coeliac disease mainly affects parts of the small bowel. It happens when the gut reacts to gluten which is present in foods made from wheat, barley and rye.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include tummy ache, tiredness and weight loss. You may find that the symptoms disappear if you do not eat foods containing gluten.
How can I test for Coeliac disease?
Your doctor may organise a blood test, however you will need to have eaten a diet containing gluten for at least 6 weeks before the test is performed. Your doctor may also wish to refer you to a specialist for more specific investigations.
How is Coeliac Disease managed?
It is really important that if you are diagnosed with Coeliac disease to avoid any foods that contain gluten. Sometimes seeing a dietician can help too.
If you have any concerns or would like more information, pop by and see me in clinic.