The Anonymous Widower

Coeliac Disease And Sex Of The Sufferer

This page on the NHS web site is an overview of coeliac disease.

Under Who’s Affected, this is said.

Coeliac disease is a condition that affects at least 1 in every 100 people in the UK.

But some experts think this may be underestimated because milder cases may go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed as other digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Reported cases of coeliac disease are around 3 times higher in women than men.

It can develop at any age, although symptoms are most likely to develop:

during early childhood – between 8 and 12 months old, although it may take several years before a correct diagnosis is made
in later adulthood – between 40 and 60 years of age
People with certain conditions, including type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, Down’s syndrome and Turner syndrome, have an increased risk of getting coeliac disease.

First-degree relatives (parents, brothers, sisters and children) of people with coeliac disease are also at increased risk of developing the condition.

The page is fairly definite, that women are three times more likely to be coeliac than men!

August 3, 2020 - Posted by | Health |


  1. Women go to the doctors more often than men. In a the cancer centre I worked in – albeit 20 years ago – the number of female inpatients greatly outweighed the number of men – as did a lot of the outpatient clinics. Sadly men wait a long time before they go to their GP, and in the case of some men, they aren’t seen until the disease has progressed to a stage where treatment isn’t available or practical – clearly I am not talking about coeliac here. A theory I read about some years ago is that women are more likely to visit the GP with children when they are small, it is rarely men who take them. And so women are more confident going. Don’t know how true that is.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | August 3, 2020 | Reply

  2. I would agree. When, I was diagnosed at fifty, I tried to get my boys to get tested. None did! One has since died of pancreatic cancer, which my friend, who researches the disease at Liverpool University, says has a link to coeliac disease.

    There are other female factors involved.

    Coeliac disease can be picked up, when women have trouble getting pregnant.

    Comment by AnonW | August 3, 2020 | Reply

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