Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is believed to be present in up to 1 in 100 of the population although only about 15-20% of people with the condition are clinically diagnosed.

Coeliac disease is believed to be present in up to 1 in 100 of the population although only about 15-20% of people with the condition are clinically diagnosed. Coeliac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you are coeliac eating gluten causes an immune response in the small intestine and overtime the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged reducing the absorption of nutrients from foods. This can lead to various symptoms and complications if undiagnosed.

Undiagnosed coeliacs may experience:

  • Chronic lethargy and fatigue.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Abdominal pain, bloating and/or cramping.
  • Osteoporosis

There is no cure for coeliac disease but it can be effectively treated with a strict gluten free diet. Lifelong adherence to a gluten free diet is essential to:

  • Improve symptoms and well-being of the client.
  • Achieve a nutritionally balanced diet.
  • Promote growth and development.
  • Normalise gut mucosa.
  • Reduce risk of long-term complications.