Celiac and Hashimoto’s Disease

I started writing this article because I asked the question on http://www.glutenfreefaces in the forum section after having a conversation with someone who has both Celiac and Hashimoto’s and I was curious.
I have learned about Hashimoto’s disease but the connection is still unclear.
Hashimoto’s is chronic thyroiditis or swelling of the thyroid gland which begins slowly, taking months or even years to be detected. It is most commonly found in women who have a history of thyroid disease, affecting an estimated 3% of the adult population in Western countries.
It is rarely associated with other endocrine (adrenal, hypothalamus, islets of langerhans, ovaries, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary, testes and thyroid glands) disorders caused by the immune system. But is more likely to occur with adrenal insufficiencies and type 1 diabetes.
The symptoms of Hashimoto’s can include:
• Brain fog (difficulty thinking or concentrating)
• Constipation
• Dry skin
• Facial swelling
• Fatigue
• Goiter
• Hair loss
• Heavy/irregular periods
• Intolerance to cold
• Joint stiffness
• Shrinkage of the thyroid gland (when the disease is advanced)
• Weight gain
It is important to note that some people have no symptoms.
To diagnose this disease, your doctor would order blood tests.
Treatment for Hashimoto’s could be thyroid hormone replacement therapy or simply regular observation by your health care provider.
There have been very few studies to check the connection between Celiac disease and Hashimoto’s but Jefferson Adams wrote an article in http://www.celiac.com dated April 23, 2007 where he sites a Dutch study.
According to Dr. Robert Boydston, a high number of people diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease also have gluten sensitivity. http://www.drboydston.com/thyroid.html
So, so Celiac and Hashimoto’s have a definite connection. Maybe.
One thing is for sure, a gluten free diet can’t hurt.
If you believe that you could have Hashimoto’s or Celiac or both, see your health care professional and have the tests to be sure. They will then advise you on the treatment plan that is best for you.


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