A new research by Coeliac UK charity has indicated that one in every four people with an intolerance of the protein gluten will not have proper diagnosis for at least 11 years.
Celiac disease occurs when the body fails to recognize the protein gluten and hence attacks it. Some of the features of the disease include abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating.
The survey of over 1,600 people found that many do not receive the right diagnosis and that another 11% spend around two decades seeking help from their doctors.
Some of the common diagnoses given to people with the disease included anemia, appendicitis, ulcers, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, gastroenteritis or gallstones
Sarah Sleet, who runs the Coeliac UK charity called for a change in the attitude of the GPs and said that more awareness was needed.