Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition which occurs in people who become sensitive to the protein gluten. It is not a food allergy or intolerance.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley. Eating foods containing gluten has a life-long damaging effect on the bowel.
The treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet for life.
Many people with unexplained symptoms may initially be incorrectly diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” (IBS) before further tests reveal they are suffering from coeliac disease.
Research shows that the disease may affect as many as 1 person in every 100, with the majority of those undiagnosed.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a skin condition linked to coeliac disease. It affects around 1 in 10,000 people.
The treatment for DH is to follow a strict gluten-free diet.
If you suspect you may have the symptoms of this condition please seek medical advice before starting a gluten-free diet.
Coeliac disease is closely associated with other medical conditions
Type 1 Diabetes
If you are concerned about any of these related conditions please seek medical advice.