What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease (CD) is a serious, lifelong, gastrointestinal disorder that can cause a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal distension, weight loss, malnutrition and skin disorders (Dermatitis herpetiformis) due to permanent intolerance to gluten, a complex mixture of storage proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.
Coeliac disease is more common than most people realise, with an estimated 45,000 people in Ireland suffering from the disease. It is a significantly under-diagnosed disease - for each person diagnosed there are likely to be 5-10 people who remain un-diagnosed.
What to expect?
The Coeliac test involves a small painless finger prick from which the blood sample is taken; the sample is then analysed and a result is available five minutes after collection.
If the test is positive for anti-tTG IgA antibodies the detection of these antibodies indicates with a high probability an existing celiac disease is present.
Depending on your results the health screening nurse will refer you to your GP.
Please note that the only definitive way to diagnose the condition is to have a biopsy were a sample of tissue from the lining of the small intestine is taken.
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
Smoking Cessation Programmes, Carbon Monoxide Lung Analysis, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Alcohol Awareness/Risk Assessment, Spirometry, Celiac Testing, Weight and Stress Management.