Wednesday 21 November 2018

Coeliacs are urged to get relatives screened

Pictured today at the launch of the Coeliac Society of Irelands Coeliac Awareness Week 2018, Rose and Martha Killion aged 4 from Sandymount, with Amelia Carmody, (centre) aged 6, from Ashtown. Coeliac Awareness Week takes place nationwide May 14-20 this year, the Coeliac Society of Ireland are highlighting the impact of coeliac disease on families, and in particular, children. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Pictured today at the launch of the Coeliac Society of Irelands Coeliac Awareness Week 2018, Rose and Martha Killion aged 4 from Sandymount, with Amelia Carmody, (centre) aged 6, from Ashtown. Coeliac Awareness Week takes place nationwide May 14-20 this year, the Coeliac Society of Ireland are highlighting the impact of coeliac disease on families, and in particular, children. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Coeliacs have been urged to get their children and other family members screened for the disease as there is a one-in-10 chance they have it.

The Coeliac Society of Ireland says many people may be unaware they have the disease as they have no visible symptoms, but they could still develop a range of problems from eating gluten including osteoporosis, anaemia and fertility issues. Some 47,500 people in Ireland have coeliac disease - around one in every 100.

Launching Coeliac Awareness Week (May 14-20), the society said it was not a "fad or a lifestyle option", but a "serious, lifelong condition". It is urging anyone with a first blood relative diagnosed as coeliac to discuss testing with their GP.

Aileen Markey, incoming chair of the society, said: "Sometimes they don't realise until they are in their 30s or 40s. While some people can live without any symptoms, it's actually causing a lot of damage internally."

Irish Independent

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