Gluten Intolerance and Coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person who has coelic disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the individual’s immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body.
Undiagnosed and untreated, coeliac disease may lead to the development of other autoimmune disorders, as well as osteoporosis, infertility, and neurological conditions and in extremely rare cases, cancer.
Once patients are diagnosed with coeliac disease, they must learn how to eat safely and live well. Our Nutritionists at Perth Allergy Clinic will offer the dietary expertise patients need to develop and implement a gluten-free diet.
Research has found that although gluten sensitivity is characterised with symptoms such gastro-intestinal problems, diarrhoea, joint pains, depression and fatigue, it does not present other overt symptoms such as intestinal inflammation or long-term damage to the small intestine these are the silent symptoms and if not caught early may lead on to more chronic pathology.