Published Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 15:13 pm
To show our support for Coeliac Awareness Week, we held a “Coeliac Friendly Day” in our hospital restaurant. A variety of coeliac friendly products were on offer throughout the day including soups, salads, hot main courses and desserts.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease, the symptoms of which are triggered by the consumption of gluten. Coeliac disease affects one in every 100 people in Ireland, however for those with a first-degree relative with the disease, there’s a one in 10 chance they will be coeliac themselves.
The focus this year is therefore on the familial aspect of coeliac disease, looking at the increased incidence when a first blood relative has been diagnosed as well as the role of family in supporting those living with the disease.
The main aim of this awareness week is however to help people recognise the symptoms of coeliac disease which include nausea & vomiting, skin rashes, weight loss, issues with digestion and encourage them to seek help, as there are currently an estimated half a million people living with this disease undiagnosed.
For more information visit https://www.coeliac.ie/coeliacweek18/