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Coeliac Disease Awareness Month

May is coeliac disease awareness month. Coeliac disease is a condition where your immune system attacks tissues in the body when gluten is eaten.

Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten, which is a dietary protein found in 3 types of cereal:

  • wheat
  • barley
  • rye

Gluten is found in any food that contains those cereals, including:

  • pasta
  • cakes
  • breakfast cereals
  • most types of bread
  • certain types of sauces
  • some ready meals

Symptoms of coeliac disease include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach Aches
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • An itchy rash
  • Nerve damage

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact the surgery.