As Coeliac Awareness Week comes to an end, let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms.
Coaeliac Disease is an auto-immune condition in which the affected individual reacts abnormally to the ingestion of gluten and other cereal proteins. The intestine becomes inflamed and damaged, resulting in poor absorption, but when gluten is excluded from the diet the intestine recovers and function is restored.
Gluten can be found in foods such as bread, biscuits, pasta, beer, pizza and in many manufactured foods where gluten is contained such as soups, sauces, gravy, salad dressings, crisps, chocolate and ready-made meals.
For those of you who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, it is advisable that you have a full consultation with a dietitian to help you follow a healthy and gluten free diet. To contact the Dietetic Department at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, please phone 066 7164518