PORTLAND District Health’s senior dietitian Fiona Williams fully understands the impact of coeliac disease.
Not only is Ms Williams a trained dietitian, she also has coeliac disease.
“As a dietitian who also has coeliac disease, I understand fully the impact that a diagnosis of coeliac disease can have on individuals and their family, and can help them plan a suitable diet and lifestyle,” she said.
Coeliac disease is very common and affects at least one in every 100 people; however most people are not yet diagnosed.
Coeliac is an autoimmune disease damages the lining of the small intestine. If a coeliac remains untreated the surface area of their small intestine is drastically reduced, resulting in a difficulty in absorbing nutrients and minerals over time. A number of serious long term health consequences, including osteoporosis or infertility, can result if the condition is not diagnosed and treated correctly.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.