Starting on the 14th of May, through to the 20th of May 2018, is Coeliac Disease Awareness Week. The aim of this week is to raise as much awareness for coeliac disease as possible, and to inform the community of what coeliac disease is and how it affects those around us that suffer from it.
What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease where symptoms are triggered by the consumption of gluten. This then damages the lining of the small intestine, and in some rare cases, other parts of the body.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coeliac disease include many ailments such as; nausea and vomiting, skin rashes, weight loss, issues with digestion, headaches and fatigue, among a many others.
The aim of Coeliac Disease Awareness Week
The aim of this week is to help people recognise these symptoms and go seek help, because while awareness of coeliac disease is spreading, there is still a very low awareness for the symptoms of the disease. This week aims to bring more awareness to the estimated half a million people living with the disease undiagnosed.
How can you help?
You can help spread awareness of coeliac disease by sharing the advertisements which will be spread during the week through social media and by getting the word out there to as many people as possible.