Coeliac Disease: What is is? Feat GF Brands

Coeliac disease is a genetically predisposed disease which effects 1% of the global population




It can be diagnosed at any point throughout your life, but is mainly in early childhood (9-24 months) or in the third or fourth decade of life. In children, there is a equal boy:girl ration, but in adults, there are twice as many women being diagnosed than men. 

The symptoms can be broad and can vary throughout the ages: 
-Diarrhea 
- High fat levels in stools
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating 
- Indigestion 
- Constipation 
- Vomiting (Mainly children)
- Fatigue 
- Weight Loss
- Rashes 

These can lead to health complications such as: 
- Anaemia 
- Osteoporosis 
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis 
- Neurological Problems 
- Dental Enamel Hypoplasia 

There is a link towards coeliac being caused by genetics. There is a specific gene in the body that has been linked, and 40% of population in America, Europe and South East Asia carry, but it may never be 'activated'. 

Other triggers that may cause Coeliac include:
- Viral Infections
- Tissue Damage
- Early termination of breast feeding and gender of a baby can contribute

The only way to relieve the symptoms is to remove all traces of gluten from the diet and live a gluten free diet. 

Here are some of the best gluten free brands around:

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Pasta:

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Biscuits:


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And if you're looking for some inspiration or advice, I'm always happy to answer any questions. And here are some of my favourite gluten free bloggers:










References:
Coeliac UK (2018) Available at: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/coeliac-disease/about-coeliac-disease-and-dermatitis-herpetiformis/ (Accessed on: 17 May 2018). 
Gujral N, Freeman HJ & Thomson ABR (2012) Celiac Disease: Prevelance, Diagnosis, Pathogenesis & Treatment, World Journal of Gastrointestinal, 18(42), pp. 6036-6059. 
Lebhowl B, Sanders Ds & Green PHR (2018) Coeliac Disease, The Lancet, 391(10115), pp.70-81. 
Malagoda M & Simsek S (2017) 'Celiac Disease and Cereal Proteins', Food Hydrocolloids, 68, pp. 108-113. 
NHS (2016) 'Coeliac Disease' Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coeliac-disease/ (Accessed on: 17 May 2018)

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