Diagnosing those with Coeliac disease is often a difficult route and many find themselves diagnosed with other conditions, particularly IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome before eventually reaching the conclusion of Coeliac disease. Symptons of Coeliac Disease are persistent they include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, weight loss, muscle wasting, lethargy, lowered immune system. It affects both women and men of all ages although it can start in infancy it is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 45. It is estimated more than one in 100 people in the UK have Coeliac disease and only one in eight are actually diagnosed. The risk of developing coeliac disease is increased to 1 in 10 if it is present in a family member.
Prior to getting diagnosed it is essential you maintain a diet containing gluten as it is the gluten that needs to be present in your body to enable the test to be accurate. A blood test will be performed to detect the presence of coeliac antibodies. If the results come back positive a referral to a consultant at the hospital for a biopsy of the small intestine to confirm suspected diagnosis will normal follow .
Finally, once gluten is eliminated from your diet, the lining of the small intestine will be able to get back to functioning as normal. Food will be absorbed properly, improving energy levels as well as nutrient levels. There should be a noticable difference to your well being. As with avoiding any foods it is important that you make sure you maintain essential vitamins and minerals, (especially calcium) eating a healthy well balanced gluten-free diet.
Coeliac disease need not be as restrictive as it sounds, you can still fit in with those around you enjoying a variety of foods whilst maintaning a gluten-free diet without feeling excluded from favourite foods. We aim to help with your choice of tasty healthy foods without gluten .