Digestive Diseases

This section will contain information about digestive health including disease such as coeliac disease, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. The information provided here will be only for educational purposes and is not to be used for medical purposes. Keep checking for more updates to this page as it is still being developed. There will general information about these digestive diseases, and a focus will be on some dietary measures which can help in these conditions. Although diet plays an important role in managing many digestive diseases, conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease will generally require medications and treatment by a gastroenterologist.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the gluten causes damage to the small bowel. Gluten is a protein which is found most commonly in wheat, rye and barley. Many people will have abdominal symptoms when they consume foods which contain gluten – symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea. This is known as gluten intolerance, and is different to someone who has coeliac disease. Someone who has gluten intolerance may find they have abdominal symptoms when they eat gluten, but the gluten is not causing any intestinal damage. People with gluten intolerance generally have abdominal symptoms if they consume moderate amounts of gluten, although some people may be sensitive to even small amounts of gluten. Someone who has coeliac disease does not always have symptoms when they eat gluten, but even trace amounts of gluten will cause damage to the small bowel. This damage can be detected by small bowel biopsy and is also detected by bloods tests known an coeliac serology.

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