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Support for Coeliac

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Support for Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition, not an allergy which is a common misconception. When you eat gluten the body attacks itself by damaging the gut lining and causes inflammation. The only treatment is a gluten free diet. (1)

How can my diet affect Coeliac Disease?

Following the gluten free diet can help alleviate can symptoms you were experiencing. Symptoms should improve within weeks of commencing the diet but can take up to 2 years for your digestive system to heal (2).

It is critical to adhere to a strict gluten free diet to prevent developing future health complications e.g., osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) and nutritional deficiencies. If coeliac disease is undiagnosed or you do not comply with the GF diet this can increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis as your body will not be able to absorb calcium.

Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. In some instances, people are sensitive to oats (avenin is a protein in oats that is like gluten), but a registered nutritionist or registered dietitian can help determine whether you need to avoid oats and how you can introduce gluten free oats into your diet. (1)

How can a nutritionist help with Coeliac Disease?

It is important to have regular check ups after getting diagnosed to check your understanding of the condition and to assess your nutritional intake. As before your diagnosis you were at a higher increase of nutritional deficiencies.

Therefore, registered nutritionists and dietitians can give dietary advice on how to increase the intake of certain nutrients e.g., calcium or iron or whether you need supplements. We can help check to see if your symptoms have gone away, whether you are managing your diet or need education.

A nutritionist or dietitian can help you learn which foods are naturally GF, help you learn about cross contamination and how to read food labels. You also do not need to give up your social life as we will give you tips on how you can return to life on a gluten free diet and what to do if you make a mistake.

Nutritional Considerations for Coeliac Disease

Before you were diagnosed your body could not absorb nutrients efficiently thus the higher prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in undiagnosed and untreated coeliacs. However, a strict GF diet should help heal the gut and improve absorption, however a nutritionist or dietitian can assess your diet and give you advice on how to increase your iron intake. (3)

Calcium requirements are higher for coeliacs compared to the adult population due to the higher risk of developing osteoporosis. It is important to have adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D for strong and healthy bones. (4)

A gluten free diet can be low in fibre which can impact your bowels, if you find you are constipated or not getting the recommended fibre intake you can discuss your fibre intake with a nutritionist or dietitian (5).

Author: Séanín Smith

Seanin, ANutr. has an MSc in Human Nutrition from Ulster University as well as an MSc in Dietetics, with NHS experience. Passionate about nutrition and helping others, she is also Intuitive Eating accredited from London Centre of Intuitive Eating.

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“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

Sustainability

and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

Talk to your nutritionist about making more sustainable choices.

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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