Celiac Disease and It’s Connection to Autoimmune Disease: Thyroid Disease
Autoimmune Thyroid disease is a disorder where the white blood cells attack the thyroid gland. There are two types of autoimmune thyroid disease: hyperthyroidism; known as Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism; known as Hashimoto’s disease.
Grave’s disease occurs when the thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Symptoms of Grave’s disease includes: Goiter, irritability, increased sweating, hand tremors, brittle hair, weight loss without trying, inability to sleep and others.
Hashimoto’s disease, a disease that tends to occur in families, is an inflammation of the thyroid gland causing this organ to cease functioning. The individual then has little or no thyroid hormone. Some symptoms are: fatigue, always feeling sleepy, weight gain, depression and others.
Research from Italy notes studies finding the prevalence of Celiac disease in thyroid disease groups. Other studies found that thyroid organ antibodies (found in an individual with autoimmune thyroid disease) disappeared after 3 to 6 months on a gluten-free diet. Also the two diseases seemed to be linked with the same genetic trigger. More research is forth-coming on this subject.