Did you know that if you have celiac disease, your odds of having thyroid disease are greater, too?
It's not clear why this might be so, although it's quite possible that the two conditions -- both of which are autoimmune diseases -- share some sort of genetic origin or biological trigger. At least one medical study suggests that the common trigger is gluten.
But regardless of the reasons for the association, celiac and thyroid disorders appear together often enough that you should be aware of the possibility of thyroid problems if you have celiac, and stay alert to any signs of a developing thyroid condition.
I outline more research on celiac disease and thyroid disorders, along with some of the common symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease, in this article: Why Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease Often Are Found Together.
Do you have both celiac and thyroid disease? If so, which was diagnosed first? Did your thyroid condition improve after you went gluten-free? Tell your story in the Comments section below.