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Thyroid Disease & Diabetes | The Connection

It is not uncommon to have both thyroid disease and diabetes. In fact, if you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, or some type of metabolic syndrome, your risk of developing thyroid disease doubles. Thyroid also increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. This can be more serious if you are obese.

If you do fall under this category then regular test for diabetes and thyroid is a must. With either one of the condition the management of the other becomes difficult.

The thyroid gland and the hormones play a major role in regulating the body’s biological process such as growth, metabolism and development.

Since thyroid interferes with metabolism it is possible it can alter your blood sugar. This can cause an increase in the risk of developing diabetes. If you are a diabetic this interference can make your sugar levels worse.

As per studies, chronic high blood sugar levels induced by thyroid problem can contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome. If left untreated this metabolic syndrome can then progress to type 2 diabetes.

Did you know? Insulin can imitate the actions of thyroid hormones in tissues which can decrease the production of thyroid hormones. But insulin also works in the opposite way thyroid hormones function and can cause an increase in thyroid hormones. An excess or deficiency can cause changes in the production and activity of the thyroid hormone.

When you have hyperthyroidism the metabolic activity can increase and cause insulin to be eliminated from the body faster than normal. In some people a combination of thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes requires higher dose of insulin shots until the thyroid hormones get stabilized.

Diabetes and thyroid are both conditions that can be caused by an autoimmune process where the body attacks itself. If you have any one of these the risk of getting the other increases.

If you are someone who has been diagnosed with thyroid disease or diabetes, your most effective strategy should be weight management. Maintaining control over your glucose and thyroid levels can help prevent the diseases. Also, by maintaining optimal levels of glucose can help reduce your chances of developing thyroid with diabetes.

With low insulin levels or resistance, thyroid makes blood sugar fluctuate more than usual and make management difficult. Diet,medication and lifestyle can all help prevent long term complications of these conditions. To know whether you are on the right track and whether your efforts are actually effective you need to regularly monitor your blood sugar levels.You can perform these timely checks from the comfort of your home using a glucometer. A glucometer is a self blood sugar monitoring device that helps you track and manage your blood sugar levels from the comfort of where you are.

You could buy a glucometer online or ask a pharmacist about the same.


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