Below are a few of the most common questions visitors to our website will ask us. We thought we should share them with you in order to help spread awareness about celiac disease and the purpose behind gluten free recipes. If you have any further questions that were not addressed in this blog post, feel free to contact us!
Q: What is celiac disease?
A: Celiac disease (pronounced see-liac) is a lifelong auto-immune disease.
Q: How common is celiac disease?
A: It affects one in every 100 people. If your mother, father, sister or brother has the condition, the chances of having it increase to one in ten.
Q: What causes celiac disease?
A: It is caused by a reaction of the immune system to celiac gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If someone with celiac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
Q: What are the symptoms of celiac disease?
A: Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, headaches, sudden weight loss, hair loss and anaemia.
Q: What is the treatment for celiac disease?
A: Once diagnosed, the only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are also sensitive to oats. Once gluten is removed from the diet, you should start to feel much better.
Q: What is dermatitis herpetiformis?
A: This is a manifestation of celiac disease as a skin rash. It affects about one in 10,000 people.
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