Pettals posted a very interesting piece recently showing a more direct and specific correlation between coeliac disease and thyroid problems. The study it was taken from is here : wellnessresources.com/studi...
Believe it or not, this is the first substantiative piece of ACTUAL evidence I have found for all the 'you should give up gluten' advice I see bandied about on thyroid forums! I found this especially interesting as I discovered this morning that 20% of coeliac sufferers also have thyroid problems, but only 3% of thyroid sufferers were diagnosed with coeliac disease. My first thought was, why? Why that large disparity???
However, it would be very interesting to know what proportion of that 3% had autoimmune thyroiditis, given that there are MANY thyroid disorders but they don't all involve antibodies. My guess is the incidence of diagnosed coeliacs is higher than 3% among Hashimoto's sufferers. Why, oh why, has no-one done that statistic? Anyone who likes organising polls - there's the topic for your next poll! I feel sure that would be an enlightening piece of data.
But, back to this study. Given that it was done in 2008, seven years ago, why has more not been done here? Or has it? Does anyone know of any other studies studying this correlation between coeliac and autoimmune thyroiditis?
Given that I now have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, and have long felt that it is merely part of a larger autoimmune problem (I always have felt this, long before evidence started to accrue), but am still struggling to get a proper coeliac diagnosis, this is of great interest to me. I know there is a lot of anecdotal and observational stuff out there on gluten's involvement in Hashimoto's, but I'm looking for something more substantial. To this end, I'd be deeply grateful for any leads to serious scientific work you may know of in this field, no matter how scant. Even passing references are of interest, as long as it comes from a legitimate source. Many thanks!
E.T.A. Just editing this to add another very interesting study I found at 2am this evening (yes, I am still up - insomnia, don't you know). This is from PubMed and the most interesting thing about it is it gives actual statistics for those with Hashimoto's who also have coeliac disease and yes, as I thought, it shows a much higher figure than 3%. I am too tired at this hour to take any of this in, so I will read it fully tomorrow, but it looks very intriguing. I'll update the stats if anything looks significant.