Coeliac Awareness Week

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“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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