⇒Myths about coeliac disease⇐
1. ‘Coeliac disease is rare’…myth
Research shows that coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK, making it much more common than previously thought. Underdiagnosis is a big problem and research suggests around 500,000 people have not yet been diagnosed.
2. ‘Coeliac disease is a food allergy’…myth
Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or an intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease. In coeliac disease, eating gluten causes the lining of the small intestine to become damaged. Other parts of the body may be affected.
3. ‘You have to have gut symptoms such as diarrhea to have coeliac disease’…myth
Coeliac disease is known as a ‘multi-system’ disorder – symptoms can affect any area of the body. Symptoms differ between individuals in terms of type and severity.
4. ‘Only children get coeliac disease’…myth
Coeliac disease can develop and be diagnosed at any age. It may develop after weaning onto cereals that contain gluten, in old age or any time in between. Coeliac disease is most frequently diagnosed in people aged 40-60 years old. Delayed diagnosis is common and our research shows the average time it takes to be diagnosed is 13 years.