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go_ahead_its_gluten_free4 out of 5 People with Celiac Disease are Undiagnosed

What is Celiac Disease?

Permanent intolerance to dietary gluten which is a protein in:

  • Wheat (bread, flour)
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats

Consumption of gluten causes damage to their small bowel caused by the immune system.

Symptoms

  • Feeling tired all the time (chronic lethargy)
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation

People with celiac disease may have low vitamin levels or iron deficiency.

There are such a broad range of symptoms, people can have symptoms for over 10 years and remain undiagnosed.

What are the risks of long term undiagnosed Celiac Disease?

The long term consequences of coeliac disease are related to poor nutrition and malabsorption of nutrients. Untreated, coeliac disease can lead to chronic poor health, osteoporosis, infertility, miscarriage, depression and dental enamel defects.

How is it diagnosed?

Screening is done with a blood test to test for antibodies.

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