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Living Gluten-Free by Kate Santon

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What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is extremely common: there have been estimates that about one in a hundred people may have it, though many fewer people are actually diagnosed – about one in a thousand. It’s not a childhood disease as was previously thought, though it is present in children, and the average age at diagnosis in 2001 (US figures) was about 45. That’s partly because actually being diagnosed can sometimes be problematic, but it’s also because the disease can sometimes only become obvious in response to some sort of physical trigger. You might be quite healthy – apparently healthy, that is – and then suddenly develop all sorts of symptoms because something has triggered your immune system into over-reacting. A few triggers ...

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