Coeliac disease vs. gluten allergy

Coeliac disease vs. gluten allergy

For many, the idea of a warm, crusty bread or a bowl of pasta is a source of comfort. However, for others, these ‘innocent’ indulgences can trigger a cascade of uncomfortable symptoms. The culprit? Gluten

Understanding the differences between the two is crucial for proper diagnosis and management.

Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten. The immune system mistakenly attacks the small intestine, leading to inflammation and damage to the internal lining. This damage impairs the absorption of nutrients, potentially causing long-term complications. 

Typically, symptoms of coeliac disease include:

  • Digestive discomfort 
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues
  • Depression and low energy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Foul-smelling stools

Self-diagnosis can be troublesome as one or more of these symptoms can show at any time. It’s essential to pay attention and notice when these symptoms are reoccurring, especially around eating gluten. 

Gluten allergy

A gluten allergy, also known as non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, shows up similarly to coeliac disease. The difference is that the body isn’t attacking itself. Regardless,  it still feels rough to experience. Typical symptoms include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Tummy pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Low mood and depression

Both coeliac disease and gluten allergies are significant problems in the UK. Many people suffer in silence. Currently, roughly half a million people in the UK are undiagnosed. 

This is concerning as both conditions can lead to severe consequences. If your body is attacking itself, it can stop causing malabsorption of vital nutrients, leading to unexplained weight loss and a constant state of tiredness. Skin problems can lead to infection. Take dermatitis herpetiformis, for example. This is an itchy, persistent rash that can lead to blistering lesions. Conversely, putting up with constant digestive discomfort and living through a continuous cycle of bloating, tummy aches, and diarrhoea isn’t a “normal” state of being. 

Why does this matter to me?

If you’re experiencing persistent digestive discomfort, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or the symptoms we’ve listed today after eating gluten, it’s time to explore why. Detection with an allergy test and proper management can lead to a more comfortable future. Don’t let gluten-related issues compromise your well-being. Take the first step toward a healthier, more comfortable life today.

The prospect of a gluten allergy or coeliac disease can feel daunting. It doesn’t have to be that way. Don’t delay to take the path to better health. Register as a new patient today, and let’s get to the bottom of what’s causing you discomfort. Visit our clinic in London or take a home test. Our specialists will develop a personalised action plan tailored to your specific needs, making the transition to a gluten-free life more manageable for you. 


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