Could it be gluten?

Gluten is a general name for the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. It helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds it together. Gluten is found in bread, cakes, pasta and cereal based foods but it can be found in foods you wouldn’t expect, such as sauces and processed meats. 
For many people, the following symptoms are all too common after consuming foods containing gluten: abdominal pain, diarrhea and bloating. Some people can also suffer non-gut related symptoms such as anemia and headaches. 

Symptoms could be a sign of gluten-related conditions such as coeliac disease, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Coeliac disease, pronounced “seeliak”, is an autoimmune condition and affects approximately 1% of the population. When individuals, who are genetically predisposed to the disease consume gluten they develop changes to the lining of their gut, resulting in nutrients from food being poorly absorbed. 

Gluten intolerance, often referred to as non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, is when individuals experience symptoms similar to coeliac disease but there are no associated antibodies and damage to the lining of the gut. It is thought to affect up to 13% of the population. 

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome is a medical term used to describe a collection of gut symptoms not explained by any other disease. Symptoms can include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain and win.


Taking the test

In order to diagnose coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, you must consume gluten as part of your daily diet. If you eliminate gluten from your diet prior to undertaking any of the medical tests the results may not be accurate. For a full medical diagnosis please consult your GP. To assess whether gluten could be the reason for your symptoms, please answer the questions below.

It will take you about 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

This online assessment is only intended for adults aged 18 years or over.

1. Are you eating food containing gluten?
Cereals containing gluten are e.g. wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Food typically containing gluten are bread, pasta, cookies, cakes and breakfast cereals (e.g. muesli)
GOOD TO KNOW: If you wish to get tested for coeliac disease it is important that you eat food containing gluten! Read more here.
2. Have you already been tested for celiac disease?
The diagnosis has been made by your doctor through a blood test and/or a small bowel biopsy.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you have already been tested for coeliac disease and your result was positive, you must follow a strict gluten free diet. Find more information here. If your test for coeliac disease has been negative, you may have a gluten/wheat sensitivity or suffer from IBS. In this case please answer the following questions.
3. What kind of complaints have you noticed?
Please tick all symptoms which apply to you.
GOOD TO KNOW: In case of coeliac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivity several different symptoms can occur. Read more here.
4. Has any of the following findings been stated in your case?
Please tick all symptoms which apply to you.
GOOD TO KNOW: Coeliac disease may be associated with a range of other diseases / symptoms. Read more here.
5. Has your doctor diagnosed one of the following diseases?
Please tick all diseases which apply to you.
GOOD TO KNOW: Coeliac disease is often associated with other autoimmune diseases and some patients with an irritable bowel syndrome may have coeliac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivity.
6. Are there members in your family who suffer from celiac disease?
Family members are considered first-degree relatives, i.e parents, children, siblings.
GOOD TO KNOW: The risk to develop coeliac disease rises from 1:100 to 1:10 for first-degree family members.

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