Coeliac disease is a permanent, autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten which is found in wheat, barley, oats and rye. This intolerance to gluten causes the body to produce antibodies which damage the lining of the small bowel and make it impossible for the body to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food.
With May on our doorstep, Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 is fast approaching. We encourage as may people as possible to get involved all over New Zealand in sharing this year’s three step message – TEST. TREAT. EAT.
It is up to all of us to educate kiwis on why they need to be see a GP and be tested if they suspect they have coeliac disease or have a history of the condition in their family. Once diagnosed we encourage you to join Coeliac NZ to receive our support as part of your treatment. We can then help you start the journey of gluten-free eating.
To find out more visit www.coeliac.co.nz