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The Hidden Link Between Celiac Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Mar 2016 10:38 PM

Studies show the autoimmune disorders Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and celiac disease are linked. Once diagnosed with one autoimmune disease, many people are at risk of developing another, according to Today’s Dietician.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs when the body invades itself, specifically the thyroid gland, the Mayo Clinic explained. The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system and is found in the neck. It produces thyroid hormones to moderate metabolic levels. When the body attacks itself, it harms the thyroid gland, making it difficult to produce sufficient hormones. It’s a leading cause of hypothyroidism.

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Celiac disease is am autoimmune disorder in which consumption of gluten leads to the harming of the small intestines, the Celiac Disease Foundation said. People are genetically predisposed to have this effect after eating gluten. The villi in the small intestines are attacked and destroyed in this disease. Without villi, the body cannot absorb nutrients, causing other health concerns.

Studies show that those with celiac disease are more likely to develop Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and vice versa, Today’s Dietician reported. In one research project, half of the patients with celiac illness also had Hashimoto’s.

According to Beyond Celiac, patients with the gluten-related disorder are four times more likely to have Hashimoto’s than the average population. Some speculate it is due to a similar genetic predisposition.

Celiac Support Agency reported that celiac disease causes difficulty with absorption of thyroid hormones, as well, another possible link.

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Another study showed that serum anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies are found in patients with celiac disease, according to Today’s Dietician. Likewise, they bind to the thyroid, leading to autoimmune hypothyroidism-related diseases. Anti-thyroid antibodies were also more likely to be found in patients with celiac disease.

The symptoms of these two diseases have plenty of overlap, according to Today’s Dietician. Common effects of both diseases include fatigue and changes in weight.

Many patients with celiac disease are on a gluten-free diet, according to the National Center for Biotechnological Information. While that helps to decrease symptoms of celiac illness, it’s also been shown to enhance the absorption of medications for Hashimoto’s disease.

Even with the link between the two illnesses, however, most patients are not cross-screened when diagnosed with either one, Today’s Dietician noted.

Research shows that people are better off if they are tested for both diseases, Beyond Celiac said.

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