Almost 1 in 100 Australians are affected by coeliac disease. However, 160,000 Australians have not been correctly diagnosed. If left untreated or misdiagnosed Coeliac Disease can lead to osteoporosis, iron deficiency, infertility, depression, liver disease, miscarriages, some cancers and autoimmune diseases.
Coeliac Disease can affect people in various ways with some experiencing more severe symptoms than others. Patients who have coeliac disease commonly experience weight loss, anaemia, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain and lethargy.
How to diagnose Coeliac Disease?
To correctly diagnose Coeliac Disease it is important for the patient to go through the following steps
Blood tests are not always accurate and therefore should never be used as a definitive diagnosis for the disease. If the serology is positive, the patient MUST continue consuming gluten and have a small bowel biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. The serology is just a screening test!
What can a Simply Nutrition Dietitian do for a patient with coeliac disease?
Further information on Coeliac Disease can be found at Coeliac Australia - www.coeliac.org.au