Updated: Feb 22, 2019
Coeliac Disease is an inflammatory disease caused by an adverse reaction to the food protein gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, oats and their derivatives. Eating these foods causes inflammation to the lining of the bowel which results in debilitating gastrointestinal issues and prevents absorption of vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include some or all of the following:
· Diarrhoea or constipation
· Abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence
· Bulky, fatty bowel motions
· Nausea and Vomiting
· Weight loss
· Vitamin and mineral deficiency
· Muscle cramps
If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you consult with your doctor.
How is a diagnosis made?
Blood tests can detect markers for the condition and a small bowel biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis in most cases.
What is the treatment?
Those with Coeliac Disease need to avoid gluten containing foods and beverages for the rest of their lives. By doing this damage to the intestine can heal meaning any unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms can be better managed, energy levels restored and vitamins and minerals can once again be absorbed into the body normally.
More information on Coeliac Disease can also be found at:
· Coeliac New Zealand www.coeliac.org.nz
How can we help you?
If you have Coeliac Disease use our Food Finder to search for supermarket foods that are right for you. Simply select that you are avoiding gluten, choose the product category you are looking for and instantly see what foods meet your needs. No more hours spent at the supermarket wondering what you can eat. We have done the hard work for you.
If you need further guidance, specific to you or your family’s needs please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your Dietitian appointment.