Each year Coeliac UK run an awareness week, which this year is called “Gut Feeling Week”. Although around half a million in the UK have coeliac disease, it is thought that around 85% of them are undiagnosed. This is a huge amount and is likely leading to a high bill for the NHS considering the complications that can occur from untreated coeliac disease (cancer, infertility, miscarriages, anaemia, osteoporosis…).
As a good little coeliactivist I make it my mission to talk about coeliac disease to (almost) everyone I meet. If someone complains about IBS, mouth ulcers, anaemia or anything else coeliac-sounding, I tell them to keep eating gluten and get a blood test. It’s free, easy and at least they will know, right?
So it’s good to know that this is the approach Coeliac UK are taking too. If you go to their website you will find a whole heap of resources designed to encourage people with likely symptoms to get tested.
My only criticism of this card is that the model should be heavily bloated with a big sticky out tummy, but they probably didn’t want to scare people off! 😉
These are great little cards, and almost exactly what I tell people. I wish my doctors before (and during) my diagnosis would have seen this as it would have saved a lot of NHS time and money.
There are posters, leaflets and all sorts of resources to download (you can request a hard copy pack as well) so let’s make it our duty to up the diagnosis rate by encouraging people to get tested!
What will you be doing for Gut Feeling Week?