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Coeliac Disease

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. . but you don't look ill - Cheerful support for those with hidden illnesses



In people with coeliac disease, the bodyís immune system responds to gluten by damaging the lining of the small intestine. This lining has small finger-like growths called villi. The villi normally absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. When the villi are damaged, the body canít get the nutrients it needs. The treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet.