Coeliac disease (pronounced SEE-lee-ak) is a lifelong condition. A gluten free diet takes commitment and involves lifestyle changes and learning new skills such as reading and understanding food labels.
A dietitian who specialises in coeliac disease can help you manage your new diet. You can find an Accredited Practicing Dietitian through the Dietitians Association of Australia website.
You can also expect to have a blood test at 6 months and 12 after you are diagnosed, and then yearly after that, to check if you have been exposed to gluten. Your doctor may also request another small bowel biopsy about 18-24 months after you are diagnosed to make sure your bowel is healing. You will also need a medical review every year.
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Last reviewed: December 2017