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Old 09-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Gluten and Hypothyroid

Apart from its affect on the digestive system, does gluten also impair thyroid function leading to hypothyroid? I have read this but have not heard from anyone that can confirm. All I know is I lose weight low carb, and when I cut out gluten, I lose weight faster. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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This is only anecdotal but I am gluten intolerant and hypothyroid and overall I lose much faster and have more energy on low carb.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:01 PM   #3
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Gluten doesn't 'impair' thyroid function, but many people in the US are hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's--which is an auto-immune disease. There is speculation that those with Hashi's have a 'sensitivity' to gluten--although they are usually not celiac. It's a 'correlation'--i.e., often Hashi's and gluten sensitivity co-exist--but there is no causal relationship. That is, eating gluten will not 'cause' hypothyroidism.

I have Hashi's, and while I don't abstain from gluten, I avoid all grains and processed food, so I doubt that I have much gluten (if any).

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