Barbara was tested for coeliac disease at the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Barbara urges anyone living in her Worsley constituency to see their GP if they think they may have coeliac disease.
As part of Coeliac Awareness Week, Coeliac UK, the only national charity supporting people with coeliac disease attended a reception at the House of Commons where a simple finger tip blood test was used to test MPs to see if they are among the 1 in 100 people with the disease.
Coeliac disease, caused by an intolerance to gluten, is one of the most under diagnosed, yet most common diseases today. 1 in 100 people have the disease yet 4 out of 5 remain undiagnosed. Left untreated coeliac disease could result in bowel cancer and osteoporosis.
Through its ‘Are you 1 in 100?’ campaign, the Charity is asking the Government to help raise public awareness of coeliac disease and provide more support for GPs to encourage earlier diagnosis.
“I am pleased to be able to lend my support to Coeliac UK’s campaign to raise awareness of coeliac disease. With a prevalence of 1 in 100 of the population there could be nearly 900 people in my constituency with coeliac disease but many of them may be unaware of it. In view of the serious complications that can arise if undiagnosed, I would urge anyone suspecting they may have the disease to see their GP and to be tested."
Common symptoms of coeliac disease include diarrhoea, wind, severe tiredness, bloating and mouth ulcers. Once diagnosed symptoms can only be alleviated by following a strict gluten-free diet for life.
The finger tip testing kits used at the reception will soon be available as a Home Testing Kit in the UK but anyone who thinks they might have coeliac disease are advised to seek advice from their GP.
Barbara is tested for coeliac disease