August 30, 2012 at 10:29 am #8351
I am new here and trying to find information about how does the gluten interfere. I know my thyroid is affected by showing autoimmune response as well. How is the gluten related to my pituitary gland. Trying to process all the information.September 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm #10021
hi Tracie – my understanding is that the antibodies (to gluten/gliadin) can also attack the thyroid and i think i have read that this is because the thyroid tissue is similar to gluten. also because the gluten makes us systemically ill it can also affect the thyroid function – something that is called ‘sick thyroid syndrome’ – you’re ill and this affects the functioning of the thyroid but the thyroid itself isnt ill or diseased. apparently its quite common for the thyroid to be affected by gluten sensitivities. i have had to reduce my levothyroxine from 125 mcg per day down to less than 50 mcg and it may be that i have had the sick thyroid syndrome and no longer need it – or it could be that i had poor absorption and that’s why i needed the higher dose? i dont know anything about the functioning of the pituitary relating to gluten.
GillSeptember 6, 2012 at 6:41 am #10026
Gluten has been shown to interfere with pituitary function in some. The primary known target is on prolactin production. A condition known as hyperprolactinemia.
All the best,
Dr. OSeptember 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm #10044
I recommend watching Dr. O’s tutorials. I also have thyroid disease. I have not been diagnosed with any primary pituitary issues, but check out the video “Exercise for the Gluten Intolerant.” Dr. Osborne explains in that video how gluten is a known hormone disruptor. This would apply to both thyroid and pituitary hormones as well as any other hormone, especially since hormones are produced by our endocrine system anyway.
I have been grain free since May 2012 and I have not had a change in my thyroid status, but Dr. Osborne explained that it can take 18 months to 3 years to put an autoimmune disease in remission, so I’m just plugging away a day at a time.
I did have my doctor prescribe compounded thyroid hormone without corn, and along with that came thyroid hormone without cellulose, and that means the binding agent is not there and I feel much better on the compounded thyroid. I don’t know if or what kind of thyroid hormone you take but in the meantime while you are trying to heal, research options on thyroid meds if you haven’t already. There is night and day difference between some of them.September 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm #10045
I just realized I may have referenced the wrong video. There is also a video called Gluten and Hormone Balance. I’ve seen them all so I get them a little confused.September 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm #10056
I have hypothyroidism and doc put me on armour but I started have palpatations, yet my thyroid is still low, so now I am wearing a mionitor or the weekend to find out if these palpatations are dangerous or not. Wish I knew why I was having them, its kinda scary.My heart rate at a sitting position is 98-100.Any ideas would be helpful.September 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm #10057
@laura moore said:
I have hypothyroidism and doc put me on armour but I started have palpatations, yet my thyroid is still low, so now I am wearing a mionitor or the weekend to find out if these palpatations are dangerous or not. Wish I knew why I was having them, its kinda scary.My heart rate at a sitting position is 98-100.Any ideas would be helpful.
I wish I knew what to say. All I am sure of, is that there are varying opinions on what constitutes thyroid disease. Functional Medicine Dr.’s often have the latest research. You may search your area and get a 2nd opinion from a functional medical Dr. Popular examples of these are Dr. Mark Hyman (on facebook, wrote Blood Sugar Solution) and Dr. Marcelle Pick (womentowomen.com)October 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm #8975
Laura Moore, one of the things I discovered after being put on adrenal support was that my bp and heart rate have gone down. You might want to get your adrenals tested…I’ve been gluten free for only a few months, since I wasn’t diagnosed, I was ‘testing’ to see if I had a reaction and finally realized I have to stay off! 5 days of IBS because of one tabouli salad isn’t worth it!January 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm #10234
I was on Armour for years and also had heart palpitations. Mine aren’t dangerous. I’ve had EKGs done and the palpitations come and go, but I have had periods where my heart rate was also up there even close to 120, usually when I wake up in the morning. At those times I also had hypo symptoms. I finally found that during those times my Reverse T3 was quite elevated. Perhaps check with your doctor and see if he or she will check your reverse T3. You can google Reverse T3 syndrome to see if any of your symptoms match up. But I also recommend seeing a functional medicine dr. Otherwise ordering the blood work won’t do any good since most docs don’t understand the proper ratios, etc. They will only look at the range. I work with Dr. Kenneth Woliner out of Boca Raton, FL. He does phone consults and is extremely easy to work with.February 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm #10241
You might find an iodine loading test helpful for the determination of a functional iodine deficiency. Additionally, have your doctor perform a Spectracell vitamin and mineral analysis.
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