coeliac disease support
For those people who have been diagnosed
and don’t have a friend or family member suffering coeliac disease it can be quite scary. If you have been diagnosed and you are unsure of what foods are safe to eat
there are a number of support networks set in place to help you stick to a gluten free diet.
is the leading charity for people with coeliac disease
and dermatitis herpetiformis
. They want to see the needs of people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis recognised by everyone. They campaign to improve access to a fast diagnosis, good medical treatment and safe gluten and wheat free foods. They produce a food and drink directory which lists around 10,000 foods and drink products which are suitable for people with coeliac disease, as well as the Crossed Grain magazine which is sent out three times a year to all members which is packed full of useful information and helpful advice, all you need to is become a member!
Companies like Dietary Specials
also cater for newly diagnosed coeliac patients with a welcome box
. The DS welcome box includes samples from the range as well as our sister brand Trufree
, it also includes helpful information and registering means we can keep you up to date with future mailings and ourEnewsletter.
DS also has an interactive forum.
It is split up into different topic areas, one of which is dedicated to newly diagnosed coeliacs
you can ask for tips and advice and experienced coeliacs can share their stories. You can also email
us any questions or contact our friendly careline on 0800 954 1981.
What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition brought on by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye*.
Is coeliac disease genetic?
There is a genetic element to coeliac disease which makes certain individuals more susceptible to the condition than others.
What is dermatitis herpetiformis?
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a skin condition caused by an intolerance to gluten and is considered as the skin ‘symptom’ of coeliac disease.
What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease has a wide range of symptoms but if you are at all affected by tiredness, anaemia, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, weight loss, vomiting and mouth ulcers then this may be an indication that you have coeliac disease.
How do I get diagnosed with coeliac disease?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of coeliac disease, it is important that you make an appointment to see your doctor to confirm diagnosis.
How is coeliac disease managed?
Coeliac disease is a life long condition, treated by excluding gluten from your diet. With this treatment, you should feel better in a short space of time and remain so for the rest of your life.
Codex wheat starch
A number of gluten free foods contain Codex wheat starch, which has had the gluten washed out to a trace level so is considered safe for people with coeliac disease
Coeliac disease and osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a thinning of bones which makes them more fragile and prone to breaking following a small fall or bump.
Coeliac disease and diabetes
There is a proven link between type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease, with people with type 1 diabetes being more likely to develop a sensitivity to gluten.
Coeliac disease and pregnancy
Pregnancy is an important time during which women with coeliac disease should be regularly followed up.