What is Coeliac Disease?

Posted By Free-From Heaven On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 With 0 Comments

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition which is triggered by an intolerance to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. For those with coeliac disease, eating gluten can have life-long damaging effects on the bowel. 

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What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?

The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which is caused by the body being unable to absorb nutrients properly. Other symptoms include:

  • Bloating and stomach pain
  • Flatulence and noisy stomach
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Tingling and numbers in hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of hands, feet, arms and legs
How can coeliac disease be treated?

The only treatment for someone suffering from coeliac disease is to be put on a gluten-free diet.

How do I get diagnosed with coeliac disease?

It is very important that if you believe you might be suffering from Coeliac Disease or a non-coeliac gluten sensitivity that you visit a doctor/ GP for advice. It is not recommended that you stop eating gluten before you have been to see a health professional for your symptoms, as for the test for Coeliac Disease to be accurate you must keep eating gluten like normal.

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You can check out Coeliac UK’s Is It Coeliac Disease page to discover if your symptoms match with those of coeliac disease.

Tips for going gluten-free?

If you have been properly diagnosed by a health professional as needing to follow a gluten-free diet, we have a few tips on how to get started. We’ve also got a handy guide to gluten-free baking, with some top tips from gluten-free blogger Michelle.

What kinds of gluten-free products are available?

Thankfully, there are lots of great gluten-free products out there including breads, cereals, cakes, sauces, pastries, flours, biscuits and cookies, pastas, desserts and lots more.

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Looking for gluten-free recipes?

We’ve got plenty of ideas to get you started, with gluten-free recipes online and in both Gluten-Free Heaven and Free-From Heaven. Here are just a few: 

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Gluten-free, vegetarian & paleo Courgette, Spring Onion and Lime Fritters

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Gluten-Free & lactose-free Strawberry and Natural Yogurt Clafoutis

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Gluten, dairy, egg & meat free vegan Simple Hemp Noodles

You can also check out our Pinterest board where we collect useful gluten-free living resources.

Follow Free-From Heaven’s board Guides to Gluten-Free Eating on Pinterest.

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