You could be at risk of developing Coeliac disease

Alarming symptoms of coeliac disease Do you know what they are?

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that damages the small intestine and ultimately hinders the absorption of nutrients. Unfortunately, many people go undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed.

The rate of incidence is growing, and it may be due to environmental changes according to a researcher at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine Centre for Coeliac Research.

One belief used to be that you were either born with it or developed it in childhood meaning that if you were lucky enough to get to adulthood without it you then couldn’t develop the disease. Unfortunately, this is not the case and this also means if you have previously tested negative and you now have symptoms it is a good idea to retest as things may have changed. In fact, a study in 2008 showed elderly people have a high risk of developing it too.

There is also gluten intolerance/sensitivity which is different to coeliac. If you have an intolerance it means you are unable to digest gluten easily. You may have all the same symptoms, but it is not an autoimmune condition.

So what are some of the symptoms you may experience as a result of Coeliac disease? Although each case may present differently some of the following might be an indication you need to test.

  • Bloating and wind

  • Anaemia

  • Poor digestion with either constipation or diarrhoea or both

  • Fatigue

  • Unexplained headaches

  • Skin conditions/rashes

  • Joint pain

And more.

What to avoided if you test positive

Wheat

Rye

Barley

and all the by-products of these grains. Oats are also controversial so you will need to be aware.

Luckily you can be tested to find out if you have developed this and you can speak to your health professional the best way to go about this.