What is Coeliac Disease?

Some people  usually think coeliac disease is just an allergy to wheat and gluten. Sadly, there is much more to it than that. I feel understanding the condition will help you gain some insight and control about coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease, also known as celiac disease, is a common digestive condition, where someone is either allergic or intolerant to the protein gluten which is found in most food products. Although, it is not necessarily an allergy to gluten and wheat, it is an auto immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Therefore, if someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their body’s immune system will attack the lining of the small intestine, which stops the body properly absorbing nutrients.

These symptoms associated with coeliac disease can range from very mild to severe, they may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Failure to grow at the expected rate
  • Malnutrition

However some of these symptoms are often mistaken as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), so having a full check up to see if you do have coeliac disease, is advised.

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