Did you know 1 in 70 Australians are thought to have Coeliac Disease?
GP’s and Medical Specialists are testing more people all the time for Coeliac Disease. However, still 4 out of 5 Coeliacs’ remain undiagnosed.
Many people report that they have symptoms ranging from the below list when they consume a diet containing food with gluten.
- Abdominal pain
- Altered bowel habits
- Nutrient deficiencies (B12 and iron)
Some people don’t have any noticeable symptoms at all.
Wheat (and grain relatives), rye and barley contain both gluten and fructans which are both hard to digest for some. It is commonly assumed by most people that it is the gluten that is the problem which leads them to believe they have a gluten sensitivity but may not always be the case.
The symptoms described above are seen in a range of gut disorders including Coeliac Disease, Diverticular disease or Chrohn’s disease as well as Irritable Bowel Syndrome for example. It is tempting for sufferers to start removing wheat from their diet however the exclusion of Coeliac disease is the important step they miss before doing this.
If Coeliac disease is confirmed after abnormal blood test results and subsequent biopsy there is a very strict dietary protocol to follow to maintain a 100% gluten-free diet, 99% is not enough removal for this healing of the gut with this condition.
A 100% gluten free diet for life is the only treatment.
To be successful in managing your Coeliac Disease you need to follow a strict gluten free diet which will enable your gut to recover and you will experience improved overall health.
Following a ‘mostly’ gluten free diet will doom the Coeliac to a lifetime of poor health as your gut inflammation continues and creates a lower level of nutrient absorption than your body needs.
By the time Coeliac Disease is diagnosed your health will have suffered – so healing your gut and implementing a Coeliac Disease diet is essential.
You may not begin feeling better immediately as your damaged bowel takes 3-6 months of a 100% gluten free diet to recover.
If this sounds like you and you need help to reclaim your quality of life get in contact with us.
Speak to our Coeliac Disease nutrition specialists, Clemency and Terri, who both have personal experience following a Coeliac diet.
If you need some support and assistance with Coeliac disease, please get in touch today and make an appointment with us.
You can book in through our website (HERE) or call us on (08) 9204 2588.