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Celiac.com 08/25/2016 - Star Trek and Beyond star Zoe Saldana recently revealed that she has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Hashimoto's thyroiditis attacks and destroys the thyroid cells, and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. Signs and symptoms of Hashimoto's disease include constipation, fatigue, sluggishness, depression, muscle weakness, pain and stiffness in the joints, unexplained weight gain, and a hoarse voice. It is very important for people with Hashimoto's to avoid gluten completely to prevent thyroid damage. As a result, Saldana and husband Marco Perego have both eliminated gluten and dairy from their diets. Several studies actually link Hashimoto's disease and gluten intolerance, including a 2003 study published in the journal Hepato-Gastroenterology. Zoe Saldana's gluten-free diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, in addition to gluten-free grains and some high protein foods like eggs and avocados. Zoe's favorites include lentil salad with vegetables, a turkey burger with green vegetables and a baked yam, or a buckwheat noodle salad with chicken and vegetables.
Jefferson Adams posted an article in Thyroid & Pancreatic Disorders and Celiac DiseaseCeliac.com 04/23/2007 - The results of a recent Dutch study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology have confirmed a connection between Hashimotos Thyroiditis and celiac disease. In the study, 104 individuals with Hashimotos Thyroiditis were tested for immunoglobulin A anti-transglutaminase (tTG) antibodies, IgA anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) and HLA-DQ typing. Those who tested positive for any of the serological tests were given an intestinal biopsy. Sixteen patients (15%) showed positive celiac serology and five patients clear villous atrophy were diagnosed with celiac disease (4.8%; 95% CI 0.7-8.9). All five patients diagnosed with celiac disease, and 53 patients with Hashimotos thyroiditis (50%; 95% CI 43-62), showed the presence of HLA-DQ2 (and/or -DQ8). In a separate test within the study, 184 Individuals with known celiac disease were given a serological test for thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase Antibodies, after first being given thyroid biochemical, a thyroxine-free thyroid stimulating hormone. 39 patients (21%) showed positive thyroid serology. According to thyroid biochemistry results, ten patients showed euthyroidism (5%; 95% CI 2-9), seven showed sub-clinical hypothyroidism (3.8%; 95% CI 1.8-7.6), and 22 patients showed overt hypothyroidism, Hashimotos thyroiditis (12%; 95% CI 8-16). Furthermore, four patients with celiac disease had Graves disease (2%; 95% CI 0.8-5) and one patient had post-partum thyroiditis. The study concludes that there is a clear association between Hashimotos thyroiditis and celiac disease. Accordingly, it is recommended that patients with Hashimotos thyroiditis be screened for celiac disease and that patients with known celiac be screened for Hashimotos thyroiditis. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2007; 13(10). health writer who lives in San Francisco and is a frequent author of articles for Celiac.com.