What is coeliac disease?

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.

Dermatitus Herpetiformis

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.

Read Coeliac UK’s information on DH

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
Downs Syndrome
Thyroid Disease
Liver Disease
Addisons Disease
Sjorgen Syndrome.

If you are concerned about any of these related conditions please seek medical advice.