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What is coeliac disease?

An auto-immune disease, which means the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. This attack can be triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people with coeliac disease also react to oats.

What are the symptoms?

Range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhoea, anaemia, mouth ulcers, headaches, weight loss, hair loss, skin problems, osteoporosis, depression, infertility and recurrent miscarriages. Some symptoms may be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or wheat intolerance, while others may be put down to stress, or getting older.

As a consequence, it can take some time before an accurate diagnosis is sought, or made.

If you think you have coeliac disease you should see your doctor for advice or contact a Coeliac UK dietitian on 0870 4448804 or via www.coeliac.co.uk

adam_aspinall@mrn.co.uk
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2006
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