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Living with coeliac disease

Coeliac disease 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.

To help you with these changes, consider joining your state coeliac association. For more information visit the Coeliac Australia website, or email info@coeliac.org.au, or call 1300 458 836.

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 every 3 months for the first year 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.

Sources: Coeliac Australia (Diagnosis, Living with coeliac disease)

Last reviewed: August 2015

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