Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease

What is Coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system reacts to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale and barley. This immune response causes damage to the small bowel lining, resulting in the malabsorption of nutrients. The symptoms associated with this disease vary greatly from person to person. The most common symptoms include bloating, wind, diarrhoea or constipation, iron deficiency, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and fatigue.

How can PPN dietitians help manage Coeliac disease?

The only known treatment for Coeliac disease is a strict, long-term gluten-free diet. Our dietitians will help you implement a gluten free diet to ensure that you avoid further small bowel damage. The risk of bowel cancer is also reduced. Your dietitian can educate you on common food sources of gluten, as well as how to read food labels to identify traces of gluten that may be present. Your dietitian will also be able to monitor and correct any nutritional deficiencies that may be present as well as provide suggestions for healthy gluten free meals and snacks to ensure optimal nutrition.