Coeliac disease affects at least 1 in every 100 people in the UK but only 30% of people with the condition have been diagnosed.

After a full week of events, coeliac awareness week 2021 is coming to an end. It aims to educate people about the disease and support people suffering with it.

The theme for this years Coeliac Awareness week is #ShineALightOnCoeliac

Coeliac disease is reaction to gluten in the body that can cause severe damage to gut health.

People that suffer with it may experience bloating, stomach aches, diarrhoea or constipation. In more severe cases there is a risk of bowel cancer.

Regardless of its severe side effects many people still are not aware of what the disease is and what symptoms to look out for.

“I remember I went to a restaurant and the waitress didn’t even know what gluten was”
Bethany hipson

Supermarkets have increase their ‘free from’ ranges to try and fulfil the needs of more dietary requirements.

Tesco have won free from food retailer of the year for 6 years running. Their belief is “You should have the freedom to enjoy the food you love”.

Women are three times more likely to suffer with the disease than men.

Bethany Hipson, who has suffered with the disease since she was eight, says she found the diagnosis period “scary” and “uncomfortable”.

“I had to get endoscopies done which were cameras down my throat to have a look at my gut and my stomach.

“It was a bit scary because at that time I was really young and didn’t fully know what coeliac was”

Bethany Hipson has has coeliac disease for over 10 years.

“The diagnosis took ages, I knew and my mum knew something was wrong but no one could tell us what it was for over a year.”

“Now that I’m older I’m not afraid of it anymore but it does have an affect on my social life because I’m so limited on what I can eat”

Coeliac UK is a charity that supports people with the condition and helps them find new coping mechanisms to overcome it.

On their social media pages they regularly upload gluten free recipes and products for their followers making it easier to find food replacements and alternatives.

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