Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease which prevents people from tolerating gluten in their diet. People with coeliac disease are encouraged to follow a strict, life-long gluten-free diet to maintain optimal health. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, barley and rye.
Coeliac disease can only be diagnosed by a doctor through blood testing and bowel biopsy. If you are currently being tested for coeliac disease it is important that you continue eating a diet with gluten until your tests are complete.
Once coeliac disease has been diagnosed a dietitian is the only health professional specially trained to advise on a healthy balanced gluten-free diet. Topics covered in an initial session include:
- What is coeliac disease?
- Which foods contain gluten?
- What are the alternatives?
- Lifestyle advice tailored to the needs of the client.
Follow-up sessions are available to cover further topics and to answer any queries. Alternatively, optional online support can be arranged.