Coeliac Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about coeliac disease.
This event is sponsored by Coeliac UK, an organization which provides support for people with this disease.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease with symptoms are triggered by gluten. Gluten is a substance found in barley, rye and wheat. People with coeliac disease react to gluten which damages the lining of the small intestine and in some cases other parts of the body.
The symptoms of coeliac disease can vary both in type and severity.
Common Recognized Symptoms Of Coeliac Disease
- bowel & digestion – constipation, diarrhea and excessive flatulence/wind
- gastrointestinal symptoms – these may include nausea and vomiting, and discomfort from bloating, cramping and stomach pain
- headaches and fatigue
- weight loss
- deficiencies in folic acid, iron or vitamin B12
- skin rash
- pain in the bone and joints
- neurological based problems including ataxia (in which there is poor muscle coordination) and neuropathy (in which the person experiences numbness and tingling in both the hands and feet)
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