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Coeliac Disease

We aim to provide you with general and current advice on the autoimmune condition, coeliac disease. Please seek medical advice if you are unsure whether you or your child is suffering from coeliac disease.

It is very important that you do not stop eating wheat if you suspect that you or your child has coeliac disease but speak to your GP for advice.
 
If you are diagnosed with coeliac disease visit Coeliac UK here > Official Coeliac Website for lots of useful and important information; as well as local support
  •  What is Coeliac Disease?
    • Coeliac disease is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with coeliac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. In people with coeliac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. People with coeliac disease produce antibodies that attack the intestine, causing damage and illness. Finding the cause of this disease is a priority of the Center for Coeliac Research.
  •  What are the symptoms of Coeliac Disease?
    • Symptoms of coeliac disease include diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, weakness, malnutrition, and other gastrointestinal problems. In children, the symptoms may include failure to thrive (an inability to grow and put on weight), irritability, an inability to concentrate, diarrhea and bloating. Further, people affected by coeliac disease may experience extra intestinal symptoms that involve many systems and organs including bones (osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint pain), blood (anemia and bleeding), reproductive system (infertility and reoccurring abortion), nervous system (chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, dementia), and behavioral changes.
  •  How common is Coeliac Disease?
    • 1 out of every 100 person suffers from coeliac disease, according to a new studies. The research indicates that coeliac disease is twice as common as Crohn's disease, ulceric colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.
  •  How is Coeliac Disease diagnosed?
    • A blood test is now available to screen for the presence of specific antibodies. A biopsy of the intestine (before beginning a gluten free diet) is needed to make a final diagnosis.
  •  What are the long-term effects of Coeliac Disease?
    • Untreated coeliac disease can be life threatening. Coeliacs are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated coeliac disease has also been linked an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.
  •  What is the treatment for Coeliac Disease?
    • There are no drugs to treat coeliac disease and there is no cure. But coeliacs can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley.