Ground breaking news for people who suffer from coeliac disease - the exact triggers have been discovered!
Three out of the four substances which trigger the immune response in coeliacs have been identified by a team of Australian and UK researchers.
The team had to work out which of a possible 16,000 gluten fragments were actually causing sickness. Now that they have detected the most poisonous suspects out of a round up of 90 toxic gluten elements. This means that they can start working on treatments and a possible cure.
It is estimated that 1 in 30 people in the UK, particularly women, live on a gluten-free diet which is a staggering number of people.
Coeliac disease can be kept under control, however it is not easy – and almost half of coeliac patients still suffer five years after beginning to eat gluten-free.
It's not going to be an overnight cure but it is a HUGE step in the right direction and excites me all the same.
Appropriate medicine may not be available for the next ten years. But with this breakthrough an end is in sight.