This week is Coeliac awareness week!
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition that is triggered by the consumption of gluten. Currently, the only treatment is a life-long, strictly gluten free diet.
Symptoms of coeliac disease include
gastrointestinal symptoms e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, steatorrhea
fatigue, weakness and lethargy
failure to thrive or delayed puberty in children
weight loss (although some people may gain weight)
For a list of complete symptoms and an online self assessment visit : www.coeliac.org.au/assess.
What's the go with gluten anyway?
Gluten is a name given to a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. It helps to maintain the shape of food, and is found generally in foods containing these grains like breads, pasta, cereal, and biscuits.
Because gluten is a protein in grain, it can be found in a variety of foods that you may not expect including soups, malt powders or drinks, sauces, salad, dressings and beer.
Managing coeliac disease means avoiding these foods, and finding gluten free alternatives where possible.
Many foods are gluten free naturally. Think fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh meats, eggs, nuts and legumes, milk, fats and oils and gluten free grains e.g. rice and corn.
What to do if you think you may have coeliac disease
Visit your GP for a blood test (coeliac serology). It is important that a gluten free diet is not followed prior to testing.
A small bowel biopsy must then be performed for a definitive diagnosis.
If you are diagnosed with coeliac disease, work with your GP and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian to establish a long term management plan and gluten free diet.
Enjoy a variety of grain and cereal foods as part of a balanced diet.
If you have not been diagnosed with coeliac disease, there is no need to follow a gluten free diet!
Alice is an accredited practicing dietitian who has always had an interest in nutrition, sport, and the human body.
Alice strives to provide nutrition advice in a way that is accessible, practical, and enjoyable. She can guide and support you through dietary changes to achieve a variety of goals, including;
• Chronic disease management
• Weight loss or gain
• Nutrition for sport
• Food intolerance management
Alice is available to help you reach your health and wellness goals. To book an appointment with Alice visit www.instridehealthclinic.com.au or call the clinic on 9372 8091.