Are you one of the estimated half a million people in the UK who is completely unaware that they are living with coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease affecting 1% of the UK’s population, yet one in eight sufferers go undiagnosed. The average time for diagnosis is approx 13 years.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease
With a whole range of symptoms (mild to severe) and coeliac disease not being as widely recognised as it should be, it comes as no surprise that many people overlook their symptoms and just put them down to IBS, stress or part and parcel of getting older.
Symptoms include some of the following:
- recurrent miscarriages
- fertility problems
- vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
- tooth enamel problems
- mouth ulcers
- hair loss (alopecia)
- skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis (DH))
- joint or bone pain
- neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet)
In the past it was thought that people with coeliac disease would be severely underweight but this is not the case. Most people with coeliac disease are within a normal weight range and in some cases are over-weight when diagnosed.
For more info on Coeliac Disease, click here.