Coeliac (Celiac, in American English) disease, sometimes called celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is whenyour immune system attacks your tissues when you eat glutenwhich is a protein found in barley, wheat, and rye. Gluten is normally a harmless and nourishing componentof the food we eat.
When someone with coeliac disease eats even tiny amounts of gluten, a strong immune response in the small intestine is triggered, and over time, this damages the lining of the small intestine and causes severe malabsorption of both macronutrients (that is, protein, fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (which include, vitamins, minerals, trace elements), from the foods we eat.
What are the symptoms
Coeliac disease can cause varioussymptoms, including diarrhoea, abdominal pain,and bloating , and can lead to serious complications.In children, this malabsorption can in addition to the symptoms that are found in adults, also seriously affect growth and development
How many people have Coeliac disease?
Recently, it has become clear that coeliac disease is more common than previously thought. Recent estimates by researchers show that 1 in 100 people in the UK suffer from this condition which can affect people of any ethnicity.
Someone might also be a mild sufferer, that is they have such mild symptoms as to go unnoticed or be misdiagnosed. Researchers say there are 7 out of 10 people that fit this category.
Is coeliac genetic?
If a close relative has coeliac, then there is a greater chance to also be a sufferer. If you have a first-degree relative (parent, child, sibling) who has coeliac disease, your chance of becoming a sufferer is 1 in 10.
What is the cure?
There’s no official cure for Coeliac disease. The most common treatmentis to remove all sources of gluten from thediet. This has been found to be the only successful way tomanage symptoms and promote intestinal healing.
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