Creatively expressing yourself with photos has long been popular on social media, but how do we express our lives with Coeliac Disease or Gluten Intolerance with Instagram and other apps? As part of a student project, the Coeliac Life app gives you colourful and funky meme stickers to enable you to creatively express your life as a Coeliac, which you can then share via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (!).

Want to take part? Here’s more info:
The Coeliac Life app is a small project put together by PhD student Sam Martin. Sam has Coeliac Disease, IBS and Arthritis, and is writing a thesis about how people with chronic illnesses such as Coeliac Disease and Non Coeliac Gluten Intolerance (NCGI) use social media to share experiences of their illness and find information. The Coeliac Life app was created to see if the use of illness and dietary related stickers would help individuals creatively express themselves in a slightly different way to general Meme images found on the internet. It is hoped that using stickers will help towards people creatively managing their illnesses on a daily basis.

Stickers in the app have been designed to help you quickly express how you're feeling on a good or a bad day, and are illness (e.g. Coeliac) and diet specific (e.g. Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegetarian, Fructose Free). Please feel free to DM me on Twitter/Instagram with any suggestions for new stickers (@CoeliacLifeApp), & I'll be happy to add some new ones (and name them after you)! I can put all submissions on Instagram, and the most popular will feature in the next app update!

But what is 'Coeliac Disease’?
Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac and spelled celiac in other countries) is a lifelong autoimmune disease. It is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases), hair loss and anaemia.Coeliac disease is common and affects one in 100 people. However only 24% who have the condition have been diagnosed which means there are currently nearly half a million people who have coeliac disease but don’t yet know. The only treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet.

This is a PhD project right? So what happens to your data?

1) I can only see your data if you share it with me (seriously, read more legal stuff below, and in the app). If you'd like to take part in this research, please very kindly use the hashtag #CoeliacLifeApp when you post through the app to Instagram or Facebook. Any awesome photos with hashtag #CoeliacLifeApp will be featured (with your permission) on the app's Instagram page: or Twitter page: That way I get to see how creative you've been in using the app!

2) But what about the rest of your data - is it private (I hear you ask)?
The Coeliac LifeApp app doesn't collect any personal information, and cannot track your location, you, or even the type of stickers you use, or whether you post to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else. The only data seen is if you opt to make a user account on the app, and post your photo to the Wall of Fame. Even here, no personal information is collected, outside of the images you post. You can use any username you want, your email address is not harvested, can be deleted by you, and can only be used by you to remind yourself of forgotten password details. The only other information collected is standard app information such as how many downloads have been made via the app store.

About Sam(!)
You can find more about me and my research at: or, if you want to follow my photos on how I figure out how to manage symptoms of Celiac Disease etc. & write 80k words(!) of a thesis, follow me on Instagram @gray373

What’s New

Version 1.33

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

New app icon.

App Privacy

The developer, Sam Martin, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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