It is estimated that 1 in every 100 people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease but only 24% of this number is clinically diagnosed. This means that there are approximately 500,000 people in the UK who remain undiagnosed and are therefore struggling with unexplained symptoms including bloating, mouth ulcers, heartburn and itchy skin rash.
Undiagnosed coeliac disease can severely impact life which is why a diagnosis is so important. Helping people to get to the bottom of symptoms that may be linked to the disease is the rationale behind the brand-new UK website called Coeliac Insider – brought to you by Thermo Fisher Scientific – thermofisher.com/coeliacinsider. Different from a food allergy or intolerance, coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune illness caused by the ingestion of gluten. It can affect many different parts of the body, not just the gut, which is one reason many people do not realise they have the disease. Delayed diagnosis is common, with the average time taken to be diagnosed being 13 years!
With information on symptoms and where to go for advice and information, Coeliac Insider is a much-needed educational resource for anyone concerned that they or a family member might have the disease. Finding out what is behind symptoms may provide relief and help to avoid more serious health issues in the future.