Coeliac disease remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in Australia. Public recognition of coeliac disease and the potential reactions to gluten (often self-diagnosed!) have never been higher.
What is coeliac disease? Coeliac Disease means you can not eat food with gluten. Gluten is in wheat, rye, barley and oats. If you eat gluten, it will make you feel sick.
What food has gluten? Pasta, bread, biscuits, cake, muffins, pastry, cereal, beer, oats (eg., porridge), gravy, salad dressing, sauce (eg., soy sauce), fried food, lollies, fake meat.
How will you feel if you have Coeliac Disease and you eat gluten? When you eat gluten your body will give you warning signs. You might have one or more of these symptoms – sore stomach, bloated stomach, lots of gas, feeling dizzy, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, feeling tired, weight loss, mouth ulcers.
Who gets Coeliac Disease? Anyone can get Coeliac Disease, and you might not know that you have Coeliac Disease. It can also be triggered later in life. Coeliac Disease is very serious and you should go to see your doctor if you believe you might have Coeliac Disease.
For more details click on www.coeliac.org.au