Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 13-20 March 2017
Here at Wellness Adelaide we aim to promote a healthy way of living, particularly with regard to healthy eating. Coeliac disease affects up to 1 in 70 Australians. For sufferers of coeliac disease, the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats), causing small bowel damage. The tiny, finger-like projections which line the bowel (villi) become inflamed and flattened. This is referred to as villous atrophy. Villous atrophy reduces the surface area of the bowel available for nutrient absorption, which can lead to various gastrointestinal and malabsorptive symptoms. Symptoms can also be caused by inflammation in other parts of the body.
People with coeliac disease remain sensitive to gluten throughout their life, so in this sense they are never cured. However, a strict gluten free diet does allow the condition to be managed effectively.
A strict, lifelong gluten free diet is currently the only recognised medical treatment for coeliac disease. By removing the cause of the disease, a gluten free diet allows the small bowel lining to heal and symptoms to resolve. As long as the gluten free diet is strictly adhered to, problems arising from coeliac disease should not return. Relapse occurs if gluten is reintroduced into the diet.
The long term consequences of untreated coeliac disease are related to chronic systemic inflammation, poor nutrition and malabsorption of nutrients. For more information, see Associated Conditions.
Fortunately, timely diagnosis of coeliac disease and treatment with a gluten free diet can prevent or reverse many of the associated health conditions.
During Coeliac Awareness Week we’ll be filling Wellness Adelaide with a ton of tips, advice and recipes to aid gluten-free living so be sure to check back often and to follow our Facebook and Instagram we’re we’ll be sharing gluten-free goodness throughout the week.
It can prove particularly difficult at times to live a gluten-free lifestyle in parallel with other dietary protocols – so not everything we post over the next week will be suitable for those following other eating choices, but wherever possible we’ll look to incorporate plant-based and sugar-free options into what we do as well.
Here’s to a great, gluten-free, week!