Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition that means your body cannot tolerate gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats and can be found in food such as bread, pasta, cereal, biscuits and cake.
People with coeliac disease must be careful not to eat any gluten.
Who develops coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease can develop anytime during your life. You cannot catch it from other people but you are more likely to develop the condition if you have a family member affected by the disease.
How do you know if you have coeliac disease?
People with coeliac disease feel unwell if they eat foods containing gluten. The symptoms can vary from person to person as some people feel very unwell while others won’t have any symptoms at all.
Common symptoms include:
- Constipation and/or diarrhoea
- Stomach pain
- Growth problems
- Weight loss
- Mouth ulcers
- Fertility problems.
How is coeliac disease diagnosed?
It’s important that you see your doctor if you think that you might have coeliac disease. PVH Medical is open extended hours, including every Saturday.
How is coeliac disease treated?
If you’re diagnosed with coeliac disease, the only treatment is to maintain a lifelong strict gluten-free diet.
There are no tablets or medications available. Most people feel better soon after they stop eating foods with gluten. It can feel challenging at first but Coeliac Australia (a not-for-profit association that supports people with coeliac disease) provides information and support for people with coeliac disease to help self-manage it.
Coeliac Awareness Week
Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 13 March to 20 March. This year, Coeliac Australia’s Face of Coeliac Disease campaign highlights the fact that people from around the globe are affected by coeliac disease.
The aim of the campaign is to create awareness of the many ‘faces’ of coeliac disease and its wide range of symptoms and associated medical conditions.
Help is at hand
If you think you might have coeliac disease, please make a booking with one of our friendly doctors today. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.
Source: Coeliac Australia
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.