Coeliac disease is a condition where your body's immune system mistakes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, as a threat to your body and attacks your own tissues. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means the body can't properly absorb vitamins and nutrients from food. Symptoms are different for in terms of severity and type for everyone living with this condition.
Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease and is not an allergy or food intolerance. Once someone has been diagnosed, they will need to strictly avoid eating any foods, which contain any amount of gluten.
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