What is Coeliac Disease/Gluten Intolerance?
Coeliac disease is one of the most under-diagnosed, yet most common chronic diseases and, if left undiagnosed, may lead to severe consequences such as bowel cancer and osteoporosis.
Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 people in Australia but 75% people don’t know they have it. Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease, which means that the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. For people with coeliac disease, this is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.
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Source: The Coeliac Society of Australia
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Professional diagnosis is important
If you think that you, someone in your family, or someone you know may be gluten intolerant, you should consult a medical professional for a diagnosis.
Once diagnosed, the best way to learn the basics about living gluten free is to become a member of the Coelaic Society. They’ll provide you with all the information you need to get started.
Visit www.coeliacsociety.com.au for further information about membership and the Society.
If you’re interested in the latest information about coeliac research, contact the Coeliac Research fund or visit www.coeliacresearchfund.org