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Coeliac disease

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Introduction
Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten.
Symptoms of coeliac disease
Symptoms of coeliac disease can range from mild to severe.
Causes of coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition caused by an abnormal immune reaction to the protein gluten, which is found in foods such as bread and pasta.
Diagnosing coeliac disease
Routine screening for coeliac disease is not recommended unless you have symptoms or are at an increased risk of developing them.
Treating coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is usually treated by simply excluding foods that contain gluten from your diet.
Complications of coeliac disease
If you have coeliac disease, it is crucial you do not eat any gluten. If you have untreated or undiagnosed coeliac disease and are still eating gluten, several complications can occur.
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