Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients.

It can cause a range of symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain and bloating.  Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten, a dietary protein found in three types of cereal:

  • wheat
  • barley
  • rye

Symptoms of coeliac disease

Eating foods containing gluten can trigger a range of gut-related symptoms, such as:

Coeliac disease can also cause a number of more general symptoms, including:

Children with coeliac disease may not grow at the expected rate and may have delayed puberty.

You can find out more about coeliac disease, and how it can be treated, at the following links:

NHS website – coeliac disease

NHS website – Treating coeliac disease

NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – stance on the prescribing of a range of products including gluten-free foods