Coeliac Disease is an inflammatory condition of the gut. It often presents as gut symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea or nutrient malabsorption, e.g. iron deficiency, because gluten a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, causes damage to the small bowel.
Today it is thought that 50% of people with Coeliac disease do not have gut symptoms and may have the following symptoms:
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Fatigue, weakness, poor concentration, irritability
- Faltering growth
- Weight loss
- Dermatitis herpetiformis (a type of skin rash)
- Easy bruising of the skin
- Recurrent mouth ulcers, face or tongue swelling
It is very important if Coeliac disease is in the family or suspected that tests are done to screen, confirm or rule it out.
Scientists are quickly learning more and more about Coeliac disease. Working with one of the leading Coeliac Dietitians in Australia at the RPAH Allergy Unit you can be sure that I am up to speed with the latest Coeliac Disease dietary guidance around testing procedures, Australian food labeling laws, adherence to the strict gluten free diet as well as ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
More information about Coeliac Disease and diagnosis can be found at http://www.coeliac.org.au/.