What is Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease

 

So many people are oblivious to what this disease is, I should know I was one of them!

Some people just have many misconceptions about it. Well I have taken it upon myself to dedicate a blog post to correct those misconceptions and to try and help you, and myself, understand a little more about it.

EASY MISTAKES MADE

  • So you have an intolerance to gluten yeah?” NO. Coeliac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder, not an intolerance.
  • If it’s genetic you have always been coeliac, why is it only now you can not have wheat?” Yes I have always had it, but the disease often lies dormant until it is triggered later in life. In my case I had the norovirus which triggered my onset at the age of 22.
  • You can grow out of coeliac disease” FALSE. While I wish this were true it’s not – it is a lifelong condition.
  • Coeliac disease is a food allergy” FALSE.  When someone with coeliac eats a product containing gluten, their immune system responds by destroying or damaging the villi (a growth that lines the small intestine) which stops the body from being able to absorb nutrients from food.
  • Having a breadcrumb won’t hurt you” FALSE. Yes everyone reacts differently or has different severities to coeliac disease but any amount CAN be damaging to them.
  • Coeliac disease is rare” FALSE. This disease affects around 1 in 100 people in the UK.
  • You have to have gut symptoms to have coeliac disease” FALSE. The symptoms can affect any area of the body and are different for each individual. My symptoms were  nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight-loss  and fatigue.

So you may now be asking yourself how can YOU help yourself or those around you? Luckily for you I have added 5 top tips for you to follow to avoid the unnecessary complications (in my case being sick) you may have if you have coeliac disease!

5 TOP TIPS

  1. Check ingredient information on packaging! I hadn’t really thought about it and was surprised to find that oven chips contain gluten.
  2. Avoid frying food in the same oil that has previously been used to cook foods which contain gluten.
  3. Use a separate toaster (I use toaster bags) to make gluten-free toast.
  4. Use separate or clean breadboards and wash surfaces thoroughly.
  5. Use separate condiments like jam, butter, mustard and mayonnaise – may seem expensive but if it is just one person eating from these they will last for a long time!

If you are new to being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease , know someone with it or are just interested and want to find out a bit more Coeliac Society. They have loads of information, recipes and even an app to help you when your food shopping!

I hope this post has helped you understand a little more about Coeliac Disease, if you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment below!

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