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Treatment for Coeliac Disease

Treatment for Coeliac Disease

CoeliacMelbourne Natural Medicine Clinic offers natural treatment for coeliac disease, providing sufferers with the much-needed relief they want for a better quality of life.

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease (also known as celiac disease, and pronounced with either spelling as ‘see-lee-ack’) is a condition where the lining of the small intestine is compromised thanks to the presence of gluten – a protein commonly found in grains such as wheat, barley, oats and rye. People with this condition are sensitive to gluten, and can experience painful symptoms when they eat food products containing the gluten protein. It’s the very reason why you’ll find an increasing number of gluten-free products in supermarkets, such as gluten-free breads, cereals, sausages and more.

How Many People Suffer from Coeliac Disease?

When looking at the prevalence of coeliac disease in Australia, the statistics can vary, especially with the likelihood of many cases going undiagnosed.

Coeliac Australia states that the disease affects roughly one in 70 Australians, yet they believe the number of those cases going undiagnosed is upwards of 80%.

Prominent health insurer BUPA’s figures differ slightly; they claim that the number of Australians affected by the disease is closer to one in 100, with 75% of cases remaining undiagnosed.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

People who suffer from coeliac disease typically experience these symptoms to varying degrees:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Streatorhhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating or swelling of the abdominal area
  • Flatulence

The best way to avoid suffering these symptoms is to avoid the foods that trigger the symptoms, however Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic also provides natural treatment for coeliac disease sufferers looking to enjoy their lives, without constantly worrying where the nearest bathroom might be.

Before You Seek Treatment for Coeliac Disease

It’s one thing to assume you have coeliac disease simply because your symptoms tick all the boxes, but unless you’ve been properly diagnosed, it’s all just speculation at this point.

Before seeking natural treatment for coeliac disease, make an appointment with your local GP for a comprehensive diagnosis of your condition. Your doctor will take your medical history and provide you with a detailed examination. Should that assessment indicate the presence of coeliac disease, we advise holding off on removing foods containing gluten from your diet until the official results of your examination have come through.

What is the Most Effective Treatment for Coeliac Disease?

At this point, there is no known cure for insensitivity to gluten, so the only real treatment for coeliac disease is to avoid foods that contain gluten. If you wish to speak to a nutritionist in Melbourne who can help you make the transition to a gluten-free diet, make an appointment with Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic. We can help you identify the foods you’re eating that aggravate your condition and suggest alternatives, whether they be gluten-free variations or different choices altogether so you can avoid the symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.

What Might Happen if Your Coeliac Disease Remains Undiagnosed?

Coeliac disease that goes undiagnosed can, over an extended period of time, lead to further complications and health problems. Among them are:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Greater chance of infertility, miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Liver disease
  • Low moods

Early diagnosis and natural treatment for coeliac disease can help to significantly minimise the risk of these additional health concerns from developing any further.

What Other Services Are Available at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic?

If you’re not necessarily looking for treatment for coeliac disease but are interested in some of our other services, we offer a comprehensive range to benefit your health and wellness.

Whether you’re looking for an infrared sauna in Melbourne, a qualified naturopath in Victoria or a trusted provider of acupuncture in Melbourne, we offer these services and more. Give us a call today on (03) 9686 2566 to learn more.

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