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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on raising awareness about coeliac disease

Aldo Patriciello

European Parliament resolution on raising awareness about coeliac disease   

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, despite its now being regarded as one of the most common conditions in the world, very few people are familiar with coeliac disease, and whereas the many forms in which it presents clinically mean that many cases still go undiagnosed;

B.  whereas the data available suggest that coeliac disease affects between 0.5% and 1% of the global population (Association of European Coeliac Societies); whereas coeliac disease is a common condition throughout Europe, but is still largely underdiagnosed, even in countries with higher levels of medical and social care and awareness;

C.  whereas in its early stages coeliac disease gives rise to a general feeling of weakness, and in its later stages to a wide range of symptoms; whereas by switching to a gluten-free diet, coeliac sufferers can make a complete recovery; whereas coeliac disease, if not properly treated, can result in serious complications for the digestive system and, more specifically, for the small intestine;

1.  Calls on the Commission to promote prevention measures and awareness campaigns on this disease, which is posing a great problem for some EU Member States, with a view to steadily reducing its impact.

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