Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease. It is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
Coeliac disease is common and affects one in 100 people. However only 24% who have the condition have been diagnosed which means there are currently nearly half a million people who have coeliac disease but don’t yet know.
Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss, hair loss and anaemia.
However, some people may not have any of the symptoms. If you think you could have coeliac disease, take our online assessment at isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk
Once diagnosed, the only treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are also sensitive to oats. Once gluten is removed from the diet, you should start to feel much better..
Dietitian will be able to give you individual advice and a step by step plan on how to remove gluten from your diet. Dietitian will also make suggestions on making your diet healthy and nutritionally balanced.
Ahead of your appointment it’s a good idea to keep a record of what you normally eat over a two or three day period. Take this diary along with you to your appointment. Make a note of any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss.
You should also have regular check ups with either your GP or gastroenterologist.
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