Coeliacs are urged to get relatives screened
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."