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Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease Symptoms

Typical symptoms can be:

  • chronic diarrhoea
  • weight loss
  • abdominal pain

However, other more atypical symptoms may also be present.

These include:

  • anaemia
  • constipation
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • low bone mass

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Coeliac Disease Imbalances

Coeliac disease is an immune system-driven condition that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten.

The immune system reacts to the gluten and the cells that line the small intestine are damaged. To calm this reaction to gluten, gluten-containing foods need to be removed from the diet.

In addition to wheat, other foods with similar proteins to gluten may have to be avoided. These are proteins such as secalin found in rye and avenin found in oats.

Coeliac Disease Risk Factors

It was commonly thought that the condition raised its head in early years and was primarily found in infants. However, we now see that coeliac disease can develop at any age.

It’s incidence has risen over 400% since the 1940s and may be attributed to a combination of;

Changes in infant feeding practices

Shortened duration of breastfeeding

Introduction of gluten before 4 months of age

Increased frequency of C-section births

Alterations in gut microflora

Genetic predisposition

Already removed gluten but don’t feel much better?

Maybe you’ve already been diagnosed with coeliac and have been on a gluten-free diet for a few months and only feel 30% better.

Coeliac disease may not be the only issue.
Further investigation into dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) and additional problematic foods may be helpful.

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