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    What is coeliac disease?

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  • Carolyn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA)With 4 years university training and accreditation from DAA, Carolyn is … View Profile

    This definition has been taken straight from the Coeliac Society of Australia
    “In people with coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats), causing small bowel damage. The tiny, finger-like projections which line the bowel (villi) become inflamed and flattened. This is referred to as villous atrophy. The surface area of the bowel available for nutrient absorption is markedly reduced which can lead to various gastrointestinal and malabsorptive symptoms.”

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