“Over 355,000 Australians have coeliac disease. That’s approximately 1 in 70 Australians, HOWEVER, 80% of these don’t know they have coeliac disease. Some people may have many symptoms and others have few.”https://www.coeliac.org.au/s/coeliac-disease/coeliac-awareness-week
This week is Coeliac Awareness Week, 13th – 20th of March
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac Disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
Gluten creates an inflammation that damages the small intestine’s lining and can lead to medical complications.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease care of healthdirect.gov.au/coeliac-disease
- gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea or constipation, fatty stools (steatorrhoea), nausea, vomiting, flatulence (passing wind), feeling pain or discomfort in the tummy
- iron deficiency or anaemia and other nutritional deficiencies
- weight loss or gain
- feeling tired all of the time
- irritability and depression
- failure to thrive, developmental delay or delayed puberty in children
- bone or joint pain and stiffness
- swelling of the mouth or tongue, recurring mouth ulcers and other dental problems
- itchy and blistery skin rash
- easy bruising
If you think you might be at risk you can take a self assessment from Coeliac Australia.
Woolworths have some great gluten free products and fabulous recipes
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