November 10, 2010

Thyroid Cancer Increased with Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac

 

Another new study links celiac disease to an increased risk for cancer of the thyroid gland.

There is a 2.5-fold increased risk of papillary cancer of thyroid for celiac patients.

Source:

J Clin Gastroenterol. 2010 Aug 6.

We have long known that gluten can contribute to autoimmune thyroid disease.  The fact that gluten can contribute to thyroid cancer has previously been verified in scientific studies.   The big question is when will endocrinologists start recognizing this correlation.  Thyroid function is extremely dependent upon proper nutrition.  Gluten sensitivity contributes to malnutrition and malabsorption.  This concept and conclusion is not that challenging to reach and come to.

The picture below illustrates the basic nutritional relationships with the thyroid gland and the hormones it produces.   Feel free to take it to your endocrinologist and question them more thoroughly.  Much more on thyroid disease to come…

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One Response to “Thyroid Cancer Increased with Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac”

  • John Giustra says:

    I had Thyroid Cancer also and 6 months later I developed insomnia, gluten intolerance, and dairy intolerance. I’m taking l-glutamine, dietary enzymes and probiotics, a bio-available iodine and that all helps along with gluten free products and staying away from dairy. I can now sleep normally and my tiredness is cut by 80%. It’s a large life change and expensive. Just a loaf of gluten free bread costs $6.00. No doctor I’ve talked to has helped me with any of this.

    Just to see this in print has made me so happy. Not that I’ve been saved by it but to know what’s going on with me restores some balance.

    I don’t know if this is related but I also take an adrenalin support supplement. I mention it here because I really am not sure what helps best and its part of my regiment.

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