Coeliac Disease Health Screen
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients from food. A person with coeliac disease cannot tolerate gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten can also be found in many everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, lipsticks and much more.
When a person with coeliac disease eats foods containing gluten (or uses a product containing gluten), this triggers a severe autoimmune response which damages the tiny, finger-like protrusions (villi) lining the small intestine. Villi enable nutrients to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person rapidly becomes malnourished, regardless of how much food is consumed.
Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 people and can occur at any age. If a first degree family member (mother, father, sister or brother) has the condition, then the chance of developing the disease increases to 1 in 10.
Symptoms of Coeliac disease include:
• Weight loss
• Abdominal discomfort
• Mouth ulcers
How to treat Coeliac disease
Unfortunately at this time, Coeliac disease is not curable. However much research and studies continue to be done to help find cures. At this time though, Coeliac disease is classed as a permanent, life-long condition and there is no medication available to treat the disease. Despite this, damage to the small intestine is reversible, by following a gluten-free diet in order to eliminate all foods derived from wheat, rye or barley (and oats if contaminated with wheat). If a gluten-free diet is strictly adhered to, the intestinal villi can recover and a person should experience an improvement in symptoms.
How does the test work?
The test requires a simple finger pin prick blood sample which can be easily taken from the comfort of your home. Once the sample has been taken, simple send it of in the secure, free post envelope provided and send it off to our laboratory for analysis.
Once the lab has received your sample, results will be sent out to you directly within 10 working days and will also be available to download via our online portal.