Chances are, you know someone who suffers from Coeliac Disease and if you do,. Perhaps you know that when you have them over for dinner, you must be very careful to avoid serving them foods that contain gluten, but what exactly IS gluten, and how does it affect them?
1 In 70 Australians suffers from Coeliac Disease, an autoimmune disease where the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten. Following a gluten-free diet is growing in popularity but it’s important to remember that Coeliac disease is very different to having a gluten intolerance. A person with Coeliac Disease must watch what they eat very carefully.
Gluten isn a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. When a person with Coeliac Disease ingests any of these foods, even small amounts, the lining of the small intestine can be damaged, which in turn effectsaffects that persons’ ability to absorb all the good stuff from food.
A person with Coeliac Disease must watch what they eat very carefully. There are obvious foods to avoid, like breads and pasta, but gluten can be hiding as an additive in many foods that you would never even consider like condiments and even some medications..
If you think you might have Coeliac Disease, being tested is easy. Identify your symptoms, which may include anaemia, bloating, bowel disruptions, fatigue and general un-wellness, and head to your doctor for a blood test. If your blood test is positive, a gastroscopy is performed to confirm the diagnosis. It is important not to cut gluten from your diet before these tests take place.
For those diagnosed, Coeliac Disease means following a lifelong gluten free diet. While there is no cure for Coeliac Disease, cutting gluten from your diet and following this strict regime means avoiding potential malnutrition, osteoporosis, depression, infertility and certain forms of cancer. This can seem pretty daunting but if you suffer from Coeliac’s Disease then 2017 is a pretty good year to be living in as there are more and more Coeliac-friendly products on the shelves. Here at Go Natural we have over 40 Gluten Free products!
For more information about Coeliac Disease head to www.coeliac.org.au.