The charity Coeliac UK is inviting the general public to have a go at leading gluten-free lives this week, to mark their awareness week from 16 - 22 May. In a bid to get people thinking about the gluten-free diet from a fresh perspective and helping them to understand what it is like to live with coeliac disease, the charity has launched the 'Gluten-free challenge'. They also want to make clear to the catering industry that gluten-free food is in high demand so that they can provide improved choices for those on the gluten-free diet.
We know that type 1 diabetes and Coeliac are linked, after JDRF funded researchers at the University of Cambridge and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry discovered that type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease share a common genetic origin, explaining why there is a high prevalence of people who have both conditions. You can read about this research in more detail here
Please help support Coeliac UK in raising awareness of the condition. There are many ways people can get involved; From asking friends or family to follow a completely gluten-free diet for a week, to getting your office involved or simply encouraging your local restaurant to add gluten-free options to their menu.
Visit their website for more information.