Today the Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, reflected on the changes that she made to her lifestyle further to being diagnosed as a coeliac - a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten – and raised the importance of getting diagnosed.
1 in 100 people have coeliac disease, a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when you eat gluten. Commons symptoms can include stomach cramps, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anaemia.
Commenting, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:
“Up to half a million people are living with symptoms of undiagnosed coeliac disease and not knowing what's wrong, and until my late 20s, I was one of them.
“During my time as Eastleigh’s local MP I have raised coeliac disease in the House of Commons Chamber on behalf of constituents, reflecting on my own experience to convey the challenges that coeliacs face, but also the importance of diagnosis. During that debate I also called on supermarkets to ensure that what they provide, which is very expensive, is of better nutritional quality, with lower levels of salt and fat!
“There will be many living across our area who are living with the symptoms – which for me included severe sickness and stomach cramps – but aren’t aware that they have coeliac disease. Therefore I’m delighted to be able to support national charity Coeliac UK by raising awareness this week, and would urge urge anyone with symptoms or Irritable Bowel Syndrome to ask their GP for a coeliac disease blood test.”