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Coeliac Disease

What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is a serious, lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, a natural protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by mistakenly attacking its own cells, damaging the lining of the small intestine. The disease affects one in 100 people, however Coeliac UK, the UK’s leading coeliac disease charity, believe that only 24% of people who have the condition have been diagnosed, meaning that there are nearly half a million people who don’t currently know they have coeliac disease.

The only treatment for the condition is a strict gluten free diet. Luckily, there’s so many gluten free meal solutions available, from gluten free pasta to breakfast cereals, to make gluten free living much easier.

What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?

Some of the main symptoms of coeliac disease include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss, hair loss and anaemia. 

The symptoms of coeliac disease can vary from person to person and can range from very mild to severe. If you think you could have coeliac disease, we suggest visiting your GP for advice, or take Coeliac UK’s online assessment at isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk.

Are you newly diagnosed or believe you may have coeliac disease? Find out more about coeliac disease at coeliac.org.uk.  

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