Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition of the digestive system. It mainly affects the small intestine if you have coeliac disease any gluten that enters the body will be attacked by the body’s immune system.

What causes coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease occurs when the body has an adverse reaction to gluten. The gluten is resistant to digestion by enzymes in the stomach so they then react with the lining of the small intestine. This triggers an inappropriate immune response. This happens in individuals that have inherited a certain genetic trait.  The absorptive properties of the small intestine are damaged by this immune reaction.

Who is affected by coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease can often be inherited, being passed down from generation to generation. Hence, there is usually a family history of coeliac disease for those diagnosed. There is an equal distribution of coeliac disease between men and women. It can occur in all ages.

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