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Coeliac Disease: An Overview

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Coeliac disease is a chronic autoimmune condition affecting about 1 in 70 Australians. It is characterised by an abnormal immune response to gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, rye, oats, triticale and barley. This may result in various symptoms that impair health and quality of life.

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Coeliac disease is a chronic autoimmune condition affecting about 1 in 70 Australians. It is characterised by an abnormal immune response to gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, rye, oats, triticale and barley. Gluten contains a component known as a prolamin fraction, which is responsible for triggering the abnormal immune response. When a person living with coeliac disease eats even a tiny amount of gluten, it triggers an immune response that damages the villi - tiny, finger-like projections that increase the surface area of the small intestine.

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Andrea Douglass
26 May 2021
Worth reading and looking at references
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Jesusa Banez
18 May 2021
Good article
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Eilidh Lonergan
18 May 2021
Very good
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Skye Osborne
28 May 2021
The broader impacts of coeliacs was reinforced.
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Tamzen-darcy Sibson
21 Oct 2021
easy to understand information helpful.
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Ruth Medrano
26 May 2021
Very good summary . And interesting that it could be a minor abdominal issue but need an early detection for prevention of more complications such as osteoporosis and early knowledge fir avoidance of foods to avoid bad symptoms.
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Danielle Donegan
25 May 2021
Very good resource. Learnt some new information about a chronic disease that affects me & my family members.
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Maher Khaldi
24 May 2021
a good review
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Elisabeth Douma
21 May 2021
Excellent resources of the theory and implications it can have on a person's health. The change of lifestyle concerning what they can eat or not eat can help them maintain a sense of control of their well being. Available tests and information are very good.
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Prakriti Chaulagain
19 May 2021
This is absolutely a great resource to get information. It has explained really well about coeliac disease.
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