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    How will coeliac disease affect my long-term health?

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  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    If you follow a strict gluten-free diet  the answer is that it won't affect your health, and, you can live a healthy life. However, if you continue to eat foods containing gluten you can end up with nutrient deficiencies (e.g. iron, calcium) plus you can run the risk of developing bowel complications.

    There are plenty of gluten-free varieties out in the supermarket shelves these days, but, you must be careful as many of these alternatives can contain high amounts of salt, saturated fat, and sugar. It is recommended to incorporate plenty of natural gluten free foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats (unprocessed), chicken and fish, and low fat dairy into the diet. In terms of fibre, you may consider alternative sources of grains such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, buckwheat to name a few.

    If you have been newly diagnosed with coeliac disease its best to seek the advice and guidance from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find one near you by heading to www.daa.asn.au 

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