The Thyroid is a gland that regulates metabolism and effects the vascular system. Many people with Celiac disease have thyroid disease. The thyroid may either be hypo (underactive) or hyper (overactive). For many, a gluten-free diet can reverse the problem. Researchers found that “…organ-specific auto-antibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) — will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.”
According to research reported in the medical journal “Digestive Diseases and Sciences”, a significant number of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac disease. The study also found that undiagnosed celiac disease may actually be part of the process that triggers an underlying autoimmune disease. In their findings they wrote: “We believe that undiagnosed celiac disease can cause other disorders by switching on some as yet unknown immunological mechanism”.