Help for coeliacs
THE Queensland Coeliac Society is the peak body for coeliac disease and those medically diagnosed as requiring a gluten-free lifestyle.
According to the society, Coeliac Disease is caused by an interaction between gluten (the protein portion of wheat, rye, barley, triticale and possibly oats) and the small bowel lining in people susceptible to the disease.
People with Coeliac Disease remain sensitive to gluten throughout their life, so they are never “cured”- even if symptoms disappear.
Coeliac Disease symptoms can vary, ranging from numerous to none at all.
Some of the symptoms which may occur singularly or in combination are fatigue, weakness and lethargy, anaemia, flatulence and abdominal distention, diarrhoea (this may begin at any age and is often present for years prior to diagnosis), constipation (some are likely to experience constipation rather than diarrhoea), cramping and bloating, nausea and vomiting, and weight loss - although many do not lose weight and some can even put on weight
More information is available at their website: www.qld.coeliac.org.au.