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Australians don't know about Coeliac disease
March 12, 2020
Coeliac Australia (CA) held an Awareness Week in March 2020 to highlight Coeliac disease - which affects an average 1 in 70 Australians. More than 270,000 people in Australia are unaware they have the autoimmune condition.
Environmental factors play an important role in triggering coeliac disease in infancy, childhood or later in life.
People with coeliac disease remain sensitive to gluten throughout their life, so in this sense they are never cured. However, a strict gluten free diet does allow the condition to be managed effectively.
CA aims to increase public awareness of the disease and to improve the rates of testing and diagnosis by medical professionals. Take CA's online self-assessment tool to see if you are at risk of coeliac disease: https://www.coeliac.org.au/assess/