If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms it’s a good idea to ask your GP about getting tested for coeliac disease. In the first instance, the doctor will refer you for a blood test, to see if your blood contains any antibodies that resist gluten. If the antibodies are present, you’ll be referred for a biopsy of the gut via an endoscopy and samples of your small intestine lining will be taken for examination.
A simple exclusion diet is the normal course of treatment for sufferers. Excluding all foods containing gluten from your diet prevents further damage to your digestive system, allowing your small intestine to heal and stopping other symptoms. Your GP or a dietician can help you to manage your diet to make sure your digestive system heals completely.
If you have been suffering from the symptoms of coeliac disease or have any concerns about your diet, it’s always best to talk to a health professional or your GP to make sure your body stays healthy and in the best condition.