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Iron deficient patients? It could be coeliac disease

March 14, 2022

It's Coeliac Awareness Week from 13-20 March 2022, and this year we are shining a light on the little-known link between iron deficiency and coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is a common cause of iron deficiency, estimated to affect 1 in 20 cases of low iron in men and women. Yet many people remain unaware of this life-changing link, or that iron deficiency should always be investigated further by a healthcare professional.

That’s why CAW 2022 is encouraging people with iron deficiency or those with related symptoms, such as lethargy, migraines, headaches or poor concentration, to seek medical advice and ask the question: Could it be coeliac disease?

It’s a question that we’re also asking healthcare professionals to consider. 1 in 70 Australians are estimated to have coeliac disease, but a staggering 4 out of 5 are estimated to still remain undiagnosed. Early diagnosis of coeliac disease can have profound impact on a person’s quality of life and reduces the risk of long-term health complications such as osteoporosis or lymphoma.