Coeliac Disease (Gluten intolerance)

Coeliac disease is a condition where one can not tolerate Gluten, which is present in Wheat, Rye & Barley. It is usually picked in children when they are not thriving well despite a reasonable diet. They may be feeling tired and lethargic all the time. One of my frined’s daughter was picked up to have this as her Vitamin D and Iron levels were not getting better despite adequate treatment.

Luckily nowadays, there is plenty of Gluten free food available in superstores and online. It may take a while (months to years) before the weight gain starts to optimise, specially if it’s a late diagnosis. This is because the villi in the intestine take time to regrow to their normal (ish) size once the gluten remains excluded from the diet.

 

There are excellent resources online where you can look up symptoms and join the organisations like Coeliac UK.

https://www.coeliac.org.uk/home/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Coeliac-disease/

2 thoughts on “Coeliac Disease (Gluten intolerance)

  1. Hi Punam. You should get her Vitamin D level in the blood checked first. Is she otherwise growing well? Most Asians don’t absorb Vitamin D very well and nowadays we are not in the sun a lot of the time. Many people have low Vit D level and it has been associated with several body functions. Remember, there can be several other causes of tiredness & lethargy. The most common one is Iron deficiency anaemia. Very common in menstruating girls specially if the periods are heavy. Do check her Hamoglobin level with the blood tests. You may want to include a tTG to rule out Coeliac disease. Hope this helps. You can contact me directly at ramnik.mathur@yahoo.co.uk with the results, if you want to.

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