Coeliac Disease

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How a Dietitian Can Help with Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition where your small intestine damaged due to an inappropriate immune response to gluten. This damage means that your body isn't able to absorb the nutrients from food well and can lead to symptoms of weight loss, abdominal pain, anemia and diarrhoea. Some people with coeliac disease don't experience obvious symptoms making diagnosis more challenging.

If you suspect that you have coeliac disease, you mustn't cut out gluten without getting a diagnosis from your GP. The tests used to determine if you have coeliac disease look for the damage caused and without eating gluten, they won't see the damage and an accurate diagnosis won't be possible.

We Can Help With

  • Understanding the connection between coeliac disease and food

  • Developing a pattern of eating that is enjoyable and allows you to eat gluten-free

  • Understanding how to eat socially and in households to avoid cross-contamination

  • Reading/ understanding food labels

  • Creating a plan to meet your nutritional needs and correcting nutritional inadequacies

  • Assisting with body composition changes e.g. help with gaining weight


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We offer telehealth online and via phone. We have limited in-person appointments available in our home-based clinic in Pakenham.

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