Hypothyroidism & Diabetes

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Topic Title: Hypothyroidism & Diabetes
Created On: 05/19/2009 12:02 PM

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 05/19/2009 04:27 PM

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FatCatAnna

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Pas de problemo 19556 . Yeah - night time peeing - been there done that - when I was first diagnosed. My poor Mum - bless her heart - having to wake up at night - to change my sheets. I thought she was going to kill me with all the work I was giving her - as she was going thru' her own probs at the time - hyperthyroid. It had been misdiagnosed for almost 10 years - until we immigrated to Canada. Up until then she had been diagnosed as having postpartum depression (I was partially blamed as I popped out of her weighing in at 10 lbs). Bigger babies are often associated with having diabetes later on in life. Anyway, that's off the topic - but like you say - BG tests are okay so far for your family member - that a good thing!


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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 05/19/2009 03:50 PM

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Hey Anna,Didn't mean to so directly connect the two things. I meant that his thyroid hormones are being supplemented - AND he is showing some worrisome pre-T1 diabetic signs - frequent peeing, lots of water -particularly at night- so far blood glucose tests are OK, though!
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 05/19/2009 03:13 PM

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I know for myself - every 6 months besides my usual A1C test, and all the other things they test for - I am always checked for thyroid - like Awartonick says - it often goes hand in hand with those of us who already have problems with our endocrine system. 19556 - I looked at the side effects of T4 synthetic supplements - and there is no mention of drinking lots of water and urination. That sounds more like what I went thru' as a child before I was diagnosed with diabetes! Hopefully he is followed closely by a doctor who knows their stuff. Also, maybe taking other meds could be causing this problem?


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!
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 05/19/2009 12:59 PM

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Hmmm... this makes me wonder about the links between all the endocrine systems in diabetes. I have a young family member who is at 10x risk of developing Type1 because of a pre-existing genetic condition. And he's now actually being treated (as are many-most kids with his condition) for hypothyroidism. He takes T4 synthetic thyroid supplements. & he drinks a lot of water & he pees a lot & we're all getting paranoid...
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 05/19/2009 12:02 PM

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Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, which upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body. Studies have shown that the chances of developing hypothyroidism are increased with people who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Women, especially those older than 50, are also more likely to have hypothyroidism. It is rare for symptoms to develop in the early stages, but over time, untreated hypothyroidism can lead to numerous health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Those who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism may find it harder to manage their diabetes, since this condition alters the way your body uses glucose. There are thyroid function tests available to accurately diagnose and treat hypothyroidism, so be sure to get tested regularly for this condition.


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