A new study reveals a link between an underactive thyroid and an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The progression from prediabetes to diabetes is now connected to low thyroid function due to an overlap between symptoms of both conditions. Symptoms of both hypothyroidism and Type 2 diabetes include weight gain or weight loss, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland, is located on the front of the neck and secretes several hormones. Collectively these hormones are known as thyroid hormones. The main hormone called thyroxine, also known as T4, is responsible for growth and development, influencing metabolism, and body temperature. It is incredibly important that your body has the correct amount of thyroid hormone.
A reference range is used to determine a healthy person from one needing intervention and medication when diagnosing thyroid conditions. Unfortunately, this system is not without flaws and can leave people missing out on necessary treatment. Diabetes can become more difficult to manage when a thyroid disorder is negatively impacting blood sugar. If both hypothyroidism and blood sugar are not controlled, symptoms can become worse. Additional testing may be necessary to ensure that treatment is correcting the hormone imbalances.
T4 and T3 thyroid hormones act as regulators for the body, without which cellular function is compromised. This includes the body’s ability to take in and use other hormones, such as insulin. This can cause insulin resistance which could lead to Type 2 diabetes.
If you are concerned about your thyroid condition or your diabetes, be sure to bring these concerns up to your doctor. At Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, PA., we have a team of board-certified doctors and specialists that have been serving Palm Beach County for over 30 years. Our practice has been pioneering the fight against diabetes and other endocrine disorders through patient education, goal setting, and individual involvement in a personalized treatment program.
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