Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakes healthy cells for harmful ones and produces antibodies which result in the small intestine becoming inflamed and less able to absorb nutrients. It can cause a range of symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain and bloating, as well as non-gut related symptoms.
Coeliac disease is a common condition that affects around 1 in 100 people. However, only around a quarter of the people who have the condition have been diagnosed meaning that around half a million people are currently suffering from the condition without knowing.
To learn more, visit Coeliac Australia website https://www.coeliac.org.au