Coeliacs are people who have the auto-immune disease which causes their bodies to attack its self when gluten is present in their diet. The disease is not contagious.
Coeliac Disease is a auto immune problem in the body. Coeliac is pronounced (see-lee-ak). Coeliacs can't eat gluten, gluten is a protein made up of: Wheat, Flour, Malt, Barley and Rye.
What happens when a Coeliac eats gluten?
It depends how much they have eaten, normally if it's a lot then it can be in the system for about 3 days. Their stomach would have a small sharp pain sometimes and it would be quite painful if anyting tight is on it. Even only one meal containing gluten can lead to severe pain & being sick. However, the body can also react to gluten very quicky depending on how sensitive you are to gluten, the fastest that I have ever reacted was a few hours.
Symptoms for coeliac disease are easy to spot, most of the time, they can include: vomiting, failure to thrive, bloating, abdominal pains and constipation. If you are experiencing any or many of these symproms talk to ypur GP. Being diagnosed in the early stages of your life can be very fortunate since many people are diagnosed in their sixtys and seventys meaning that they endure this pain for a lot longer time period. Being diagnosed earlier also allows for you to come to grips with the challenges taht you have to overcome and how to spot the gluten in ingredient. Usually blood tests are needed to confirm whether you have coeliac disease, these can be administrated by specialists or doctors.
When going out always ask whether the restaurant has a gluten free menu, most places now have a seperate gluten free menu
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