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Importance of medical diagnosis

diagnosisGetting your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of coeliac disease is important for many reasons, including: 

  • To understand the gluten free diet as the only treatment. Following a lifelong gluten free diet will be a big change to your eating and shopping habits. You may need help to choose safe foods and keep a balanced diet. If your child has coeliac disease, monitoring their growth and development is very important.
  • To be able to get gluten free foods on prescription. People who are medically diagnosed with coeliac disease are able to receive prescriptions for gluten free substitute products which can help you maintain the diet.
  • To make sure family members are aware of the condition as it can run in families. If a first degree relative has coeliac disease then prevalence increases to 1 in 10. Awareness of a medical diagnosis of coeliac disease within a family can help identify the disease if a relative also has or develops symptoms. This is known as screening.

Professor David Sanders (Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Chair of Coeliac UK Health Advisory Council) explains why testing for coeliac disease is so important:

 

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