Coeliac disease is a genetically inherited condition which causes an inefficient autoimmune response in sufferers, which affects the small intestine. It is most common in Caucasians because of the specific gene affected, however it can and does affect people of all races.
Tests in North America show that up to 1 in every 105 people express the antibody associated with the condition, though the majority do not express symptoms of Coeliac Disease.
Can I catch Coeliac Disease?
No, the condition is hereditary – that means that you can be born with it but it is not contagious to those who aren’t born with it.
Is Coeliac Disease a serious condition?
For those who express the symptoms of coeliac disease it can be very problematic. There are potential long-term health issues too, whether or not the individual affected suffers from any obvious symptoms.
How do I find out if I have Coeliac Disease?
There is a simple antibody check that can be run by your doctor. It’s recommended that people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome, and (type 1) diabetes get themselves tested for coeliac disease.
What are the long-term health implications of having Coeliac Disease?
Sufferers find themselves at increased risks of certain types of cancer, in particular cancers of the small bowel and small intestine. If you do not seek Coeliac Disease treatment and you are expressing symptoms of Coeliac Disease, it is possible that there may be other impacts on your health. This includes; ulcers in the bowel and even scarring that leads to permanent damage of the bowel.
What is the best Coeliac Disease Treatment?
The best known Coeliac Disease treatment is a gluten free diet. In the short-term this resolves the symptoms of Coeliac Disease as well as in the longer-term allowing the body to heal from damage caused by the condition. The good news is that gluten free recipes are tasty and gluten free food doesn’t have to be boring. The best news of all is that once you’ve begun treating Coeliac Disease the long-term health risks are reduced to almost nothing.