In order to do that we must look firstly at Coeliacs disease, only when we understand that, can we differentiate between the disease, an allergy and of course varying degrees of allergy, intolerance and disease.
The official website www.coeliac.org.uk defines the condition as the following:
"Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine".
This is further verified by my good friend who has the disease and other people whom have the disease.
It is a life long illness and non reversible, if you have it, you have it for life and are strongly encouraged to live a gluten free life.
Though a proper diagnosis is needed, through testing and specialist follow up consultation.
Ceoliac.org.uk also state "Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases), hair loss and anaemia".
Every suffer's experience and extent of symptoms will vary greatly as they do with a wheat allergy sufferer.
The most fundamental difference is that Coeliacs disease is exactly that, a disease and not an allergy. Specialist medical advice is always recommended, if you think you may have this disease.
A wheat allergy is exactly that an allergic reaction to the wheat rather than the gluten. Again each suffer's experience will vary from mild to severe.
My own wheat allergy is on the very severe end of the spectrum and has not subsided in approximately 17 years. It attacks my intestines in a very similar way to Coeliacs disease, in that I have many similar symptoms, bloating, constipation, tiredness, wind and occasionally mouth ulcers. I have been tested for Coeliacs disease which tested negative, it was only through a prolonged food testing trial and food diary in conjunction with my doctor, that we managed to pin point it to the wheat. Though at the time this happened, there was no test for wheat allergy's.
Either way I would strongly recommend you take proper medical advice on a gluten/wheat free life. It is right for me, it helps keep me symptom free, maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. It is not a fad or a choice to eliminate wheat from my diet, but a necessity for healthy living.
I hope that the above helps to iron out the significant differences between allergy verses Coeliacs disease.
Please visit Ceoliac.org.uk for further information and your GP if you suspect either allergy or disease.
Next blog post will provide one of my favourite wheat/gluten free lunches, tuna, avocado and orange salad. Sneak peak below.
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