Celiac patients more likely to face thyroid issues

November 18, 2008 2:29:39 PM PST
People with celiac disease might want to get their thyroids checked. Celiac disease is a common digestive problem in which the body cannot breakdown and absorb a protein found in wheat. A study in the journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism finds those people are as much as 4 times more likely to develop thyroid disorders.

In hypo-thyroidism, the gland is underactive, causing symptoms such as fatigue, sensitivity to cold, dry skin and weight gain.

In hyper-thyroidism, the gland is overactive causing symptoms such as excessive sweating, heat intolerance and nervousness.

Researchers say the association was seen in everyone, males, females, children and adults.


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