Iron deficient? Could it be Coeliac disease?
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.
This year, Coeliac Australia’s annual health campaign will aim to raise awareness and increase diagnosis rates by shining a light on the little-known link between coeliac disease and iron deficiency.
Coeliac disease is a common cause of iron deficiency, estimated to affect 1 in 20 cases of low iron in men and women. However, many people aren’t aware of this link or realise that iron deficiency should always be investigated further by a healthcare professional.
Coeliac Awareness Week 2022 is encouraging people with iron deficiency or those with related symptoms, such as lethargy, migraines, headaches or poor concentration, to seek medical advice and ask the question: Could it be coeliac disease?
1 in 70 Australians are estimated to have coeliac disease, yet roughly 4 out of 5 remain undiagnosed. Early diagnosis of coeliac disease reduces the risk of long-term health complications and can have profound impact on a person’s quality of life.
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