What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system reacts to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods made with wheat, barley, rye or oats. In individuals with coeliac disease, eating foods containing gluten damages the lining of the small bowel, making it harder to absorb nutrients from food eaten.
How is it managed?
The only treatment is to follow a strict gluten free diet for life. Eating even small amounts of gluten will cause damage to the bowel lining even though you may not feel unwell. Eating a gluten free diet allows the bowel wall to heal and digestion to return to normal.
If you think you may have coeliac disease it is important that you have the right diagnosis with your GP.
You can also take the self assessment test below to see if you have increased risk of coeliac disease.
Why see a Dietitian?
A dietitian can provide you with the right education, guidance and support to modify your diet to ensure it is completely gluten free, help you to learn what to look for in food labels, minimise gluten contamination as well as provide practical strategies for when eating out.