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What is Coeliac Disease and how is it diagnosed?

Coeliac disease is a condition in which the lining of your small intestine becomes damaged due to an immune reaction from your body to a small protein known as gluten. Gluten is found in certain grain foods (wheat, rye, triticale and barley), and in much smaller amounts in oats (as a contaminant). Of course, many processed foods contain these grains as ingredients, and that’s when things get tricky.

The first step is finding out whether or not you have coeliac disease is to go to your doctor to discuss your symptoms, and you and your family`s history. Your doctor will arrange a blood test for you: