Diabetes and Thyroid

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-06-05 15:22:07 -0500
Started 2014-06-04 13:23:46 -0500

Many of us deal with thyroid issues that seem to go hand in hand with diabetes. I've been taking thyroid meds (synthroid) since the mid-1980's. The last time I saw my endo, he prescribed a lower dose of it (from 137mcg to 125 mcg) because my lab tests showed a low TSH at .21. I've been taking the new dose for about 2 weeks and have noticed that my BG readings have been lower. I'm assuming it is because my metabolism has increased since I've made no changes in diet nor in exercise. I've tweaked the settings in my pump little by little to avoid going too low (a couple fastings were in the 50's and 60's.) and am happy that the pump gives me fine-tuning options. I'm still trying to get back into balance so that I can start working out at a health club I just joined. Just thought I'd mention it. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

8 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-05 05:41:56 -0500 Report

The thyroid controls so much for us and I know when I am taking mine I feel better overall. I had my thyroid issues about 4 years before my diabetes. I have not noticed that my treatment is lowering my levels. But maybe, I just have not had anything to compare it to.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-05 01:48:03 -0500 Report

Thank you Type 1 Lou for this post and thank you Glucernia for the web page you posted here. My first endo appointment is in 2 weeks. I went to the web site that Glucerna posted here, and wow. I think I had better ask about thyroid issues. I have a noticed a lot of the symptoms listed there. Like jayabee I have noticed chills for no reason and a lot of the other symptoms. I haven't talked to my md about it because all he does is up my prescriptions, especially my Gabapentin . I have 3 pages of questions for the endo. I sure hope she takes the time to listen. I can barely wait to find out. Again Thank You.

Glucerna 2014-06-05 12:53:01 -0500 Report

I'm glad you found the information helpful Trudie Ann, and it's great that you have a list of questions for your endo. Perhaps you can pick out the top 3 questions to start with, and let her know that you have a big list of areas where you need her expertise. Let us know how the visit turns out. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-06-04 22:37:49 -0500 Report

Howdy Lou,
I have not yet been Dx'd officailly, but I strongly suspect I have hypothyroid. The symptoms are almost text book. I used to run hot but now if the ambient temp is below 75 degrees I shiver even though I have extra clothing on. I know I need to get Dx'd and get some treatment for it.

I have been focusing on my Diabetes and my kidney disease and have been letting other things slide. That needs to change.


Type1Lou 2014-06-05 15:22:07 -0500 Report

James, the next time you have blood drawn, ask your doctor to check your TSH levels. It's amazing to me that a slight difference in different levels are enough to throw us out of balance. If your thyroid is underactive, correcting that might make it easier to manage the other things that are going on. Please, keep us posted!

IronOre 2014-06-05 13:02:05 -0500 Report

If you suspect thyroid issues then get it checked. It is a very easy test.
Untreated can be fatal.

imjohn 2014-06-04 19:25:54 -0500 Report

Yes Lou, the two seem suspiciously to go hand-in-hand together. Hopefully working out will help everything improve.