International Coeliac Day 2022

International Coeliac Day 2022

Today marks the International Coeliac Day and the start of the Malta Gluten and Lactose Free Week.

The Association’s mission has always been to improve the quality of life for coeliacs. On average, it affects 1% to 2% of the population but only a small percentage are diagnosed, which is why we strive to keep on raising more awareness, with this year’s focus on getting an early diagnosis in children.

We’re here to help and you can join us in various ways: as a member, help on a voluntary basis, join our activities such as this week’s Gluten and Lactose free week and much more.

Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Should children get diagnosed?

Short answer: Yes

Coeliac disease is the most common food-related chronic disease among children in Europe affecting 1% of children; up to 80% of cases remain undiagnosed in children.

Despite being easy to detect and treat, diagnostic delays for coeliac disease can lead to children reaching 8 years before being diagnosed.

Achieving early diagnosis of coeliac disease is critical to ensuring good lifelong health and providing children with the ability to thrive.