What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people may also be sensitive to oats. Consumption of gluten causes damage to the lining of the gut where food and nutrients are absorbed.
Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, unexpected weight loss and anaemia.
The symptoms of coeliac disease are similar to other gastrointestinal conditions and it is frequently misdiagnosed as IBS.