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Coeliac disease is now considered a relatively common auto-immune disease in which an individual suffers a variable allergic reaction following the consumption of the gluten protein. This means that if a person with this allergy consumes gluten-containing foods (wheat, rye, barley, and derivatives of these cereals) the immune system will launch an attack on itself and potentially cause some damage to the lining of the small intestine, preventing the body from effectively absorbing the necessary nutrients.

Coeliac disease is common and affects 1 in 100 people, however only 10-15% are diagnosed, with females being affected more than males.

Once diagnosed with coeliac disease, it is essential to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet for life. Untreated coeliac disease can damage the lining of the small intestine and increases the risk of developing a variety of long-term conditions (gut lymphoma and osteoporosis being the most common) as nutrient absorption is hindered.

 

 

Following a strict gluten-free diet can be challenging. At the clinic we will guide and support you step by step on how to fully exclude gluten from your diet to improve your health and well-being.

 

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