4 in 5 people are undiagnosed with Coeliac Disease – could it be you?
It’s Coeliac Awareness Week - an annual campaign that raises awareness about coeliac disease. Did you know that 1 in 70 Australians have coeliac disease, yet 4 out of 5 people remain undiagnosed? When I was about 16 I first realised gluten bothered me. We have a family history of coeliac disease; however I’ve never done the "gold standard" biopsy test (where you eat gluten for a month or more to test your reaction) as I get too sick. I know I have the coeliac genes (it’s a blood test) and I know gluten makes me feel yuck, so I avoid it. I see with many clients when they do the Microbiome Stool (poo) test how gluten impacts them – namely zonulin. For some clients it’s clear that gluten is impacting them – it’s not always coeliac disease, many people are gluten intolerant. They take the gluten out of their diet, and often within a month they start feeling better. It’s like magic! A gluten free lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring. Yes, it’s most certainly an adjustment, but it’s definitely easier to manage today in comparison to 20 years ago.
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