What is it?
- Gluten is a protein, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. If a coeliac eats this protein, it causes an immune reaction in the intestines causing damage to the lining of the intestines. It also diminishes their ability to absorb nutrients.
How do I recognise it?
Most symptoms are very general:
- Intermittent diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain
If someone in your family has coeliac disease, there is a 5-15% chance you will have it aswel. But apart from this it is not really known why some people are sensitive to gluten.
How do you treat it?
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Coeliac diesease, make an appointment at Lynch's Pharmacy, Broadale, Douglas, Cork on 021-4366923.
How do you live with it?
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we give you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to better live with your condition.
Coeliac Disease, a comprehensive overview http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319