Because I have Celiac Disease, I am trying to learn as much as possible about the side effects, causes, and what other areas of our bodies that Gluten can disturb.
Today I learned that Gluten can very much affect those with Thyroid disease as well as type 1 diabetes mellitus, and Addison’s disease!
Glutenfreesociety.org offers so much information – definitely a site to check out if you are diagnosed with Celiac or even if you want to learn more about how Gluten can affect your body. Below is some important information from the Gluten Free Society.
More medical research makes the connection between thyroid disease and gluten…
…The results of previous studies have indicated that the prevalence of Celiac Disease is increased in patients with other autoimmune disorders such as: autoimmune thyroid diseases, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and Addison’s disease. A coincidence of the above diseases constitutes autoimmune polyglandular syndrome (APS). The high prevalence of CD in APS is probably due to the common genetic predisposition to the coexistent autoimmune diseases. The majority of adult patients have the atypical or silent type of the disease. This is the main reason why CD so often goes undiagnosed or the diagnosis is delayed.
The authors go on to state that if gluten sensitivity is not diagnosed many of the additional consequences are –
- haematological (anemia)
- metabolical (osteopenia/osteoporosis)
- obstetric-gynaecological (infertility, spontaneous abortions, late puberty, early menopause)
- neurological (migraine, ataxia, epilepsy)
- increased risk of malignancy, especially: lymphoma, small intestine, mouth, and esophageal cancers
to learn more about Gluten and it’s effects on your Thyroid, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and Addison’s disease, check out https://www.glutenfreesociety.org/autoimmune-thyroid-disease-and-gluten/#a0Y5V2QyPKjE6Mh2.99