Coeliac Awareness Week 2021 in Australia is 13-20 Mar. This event aims to raise awareness about Australia's relatively low coeliac disease diagnosis rate. An estimated 80% of people with coeliac disease don't know they have it, yet early diagnosis reduces the risk of long term health complications.
Here are a few things to help raise awareness about Coeliac Disease:1. Be aware of the symptoms of Coeliac Disease and help share the checklist on social media:
- Persistent gastrointestinal symptoms e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, steatorrhea
- Prolonged fatigue, weakness and lethargy
- Iron deficiency anaemia and/or other vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Failure to thrive or delayed puberty in children
- Unexplained weight loss
- Severe or recurrent mouth ulcers
- Skin rashes such as dermatitis herpetiformis
- persistent fatigue
- irritable bowel
- unexplained fertility issues
- autoimmune disease
2. If you are experiencing a number of the symptoms, take the assessment at http://www.coeliac.org.au/assess. If risk factors for coeliac disease are identified, you can download a letter that you can take to you GP with details of your assessment results. Talk to your family members if you think they may also be at risk.
3. Make yum gluten free dishes for individuals with coeliac disease to show and inspire than that gluten free food can also be delicious. Find many recipes you can try here: https://www.yesyoucan.net.au/blogs/recipes
4. Talk to one new person about coeliac disease. The more people are aware of the disease, they can be aware if they are at risk and will be able to manage their diet and have a more comfortable life.
For more information regarding coeliac disease visit Coeliac Australia’s website: www.coeliac.org.au
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