The symptoms of coeliac disease
People who are intolerant to gluten often experience symptoms such as diarrhoea, weight loss, muscle wasting and abdominal pain – some or all of which you may be uncomfortably familiar with.
However, many individuals may experience so called 'atypical' symptoms such as fatigue, anaemia and bone or joint pains. Infertility and short stature are also classified under atypical ones.
Who does it affect?
Coeliac disease can affect men and women of all ages, and can sometimes start in infancy, during weaning. However, it is most frequently diagnosed in adults between the ages of 30 and 60.
The condition can also run in families and is more likely to occur in people who have other autoimmune conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease or liver disease.
Other key facts about coeliac disease
- It is estimated that one in 100 people in the UK may have coeliac disease.
- It is thought that only one in eight individuals with coeliac disease are actually diagnosed.
- There are specific groups who have an increased risk of developing coeliac disease
- An increased risk of one in 10 where coeliac disease exists in a close family member(eg parents, siblings or children)
- People with type 1 diabetes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lactose intolerance
- Neurological disorders
- Associated chromosomal disorders e.g. Down's Syndrome