The Anonymous Widower

Are Coeliacs More Risk-Averse?

I am coeliac, which means, that I am allergic to gluten!

So I have to be very careful about what I eat.

I have perhaps been glutened two or three times in the twenty years since I was diagnosed. With me it is nothing serious, but it does mean being close to a toilet for some hours.

If I look at my behaviour generally, I sometimes wonder, if I have become more risk-averse since my diagnosis.

I think too, that I’ve probably become more risk-averse since my stroke, after which, one of the world’s leading cardiologists told me, that if I got the Warfarin right, I’d never have another stroke.

I intend to prove him right! So I watch my INR like a Control Engineer would monitor reactor temperature in a nuclear power station.

I would assume that my risk-averse behaviour is fairly normal.

So if you have had a serious illness or near-death experience from which you have been able to almost fully recover, are you doing your best to make sure that you avoid COVID-19?

May 12, 2020 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,


  1. I too am very risk averse. And coeliac, as you know, and anaphylactic ally allergic to fish and sea food. I have been told after my silent heart attack, that if I take my meds regularly and exercise daily I won’t have another heart attack. And I did have potentially fatal complication to a routine procedure, my lungs filled with fluid and I had to be put in induced coma and ventilated in ICU. I haven’t left my house since 13th March, because coronavirus is a respiratory infection. I have leukaemia so I am “extremely vulnerable”, the hospital wrote and told me that. Husband also being risk averse – he isn’t going out either except to walk to his allotment, very close to home, and avoiding being within yards and yards of other people. Because if he catches it, it is likely that I would catch it.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | May 12, 2020 | Reply

  2. Coeliacs often have reduced Spleen function. I would have thought this left them at risk of viruses due to impaired immune system.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | May 12, 2020 | Reply

    • Mine appears to be normal!

      Comment by AnonW | May 12, 2020 | Reply

      • Dunno about my wife’s spleen, although she can vent it at me now and then 🤣🤣🤣🤣

        Comment by MauriceGReed | May 12, 2020

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