Diet Blunders

Phoenix Eye
By Phoenix Eye Latest Reply 2014-10-04 05:38:26 -0500
Started 2014-10-01 02:37:58 -0500

I am really depressed over my diet disaster. After one month of changing my diet, I have failed. I got my Blood sugar lower, lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure. However I have now developed Hypothyroidism. I am told this is probably because I made serious diet errors.

First of all, I not only lowered my intake of carbs, but also fatty foods and proteins. Apparently my massive reduction of meat and fat have affected my Thyroid. I also ate LARGE quantities of cabbage, broccoli, asparagus and mushrooms. I had absolutely no idea you could eat too many servings of ANY of those foods. I guess it is true everything needs to be both in moderation and balanced. I probably need to see an endocrinologist and a dietician. I guess this is one of those diabetic complications that contributes to other disorders. This just isn't going to be easy…

8 replies

Anonymous 2014-10-04 05:38:26 -0500 Report

Your right, it's not going to be easy but don't beat yourself up because you think you messed up. I would recommend that you see an endocrinologist. They usually have a dietician they can recommend.
Best of luck

MoeGig 2014-10-03 07:43:44 -0500 Report

I think you're blaming something that is coincidental. Diabetes and hypothyroidism are both auto-immune diseases and I believe that a significant percentage of diabetics have hypothyroidism…I do, my father did, etc. Furthermore hypothyroidism is not all a big deal to manage…1 pill a day for me and all my thyroid tests are within normal range. I've been T1 for 49 years & developed hypothyroid 20 years ago. Once again, not all a big deal and very easy to manage. Do some research before you drastically change your diet back to what it was. Diabetic complications from a bad diet will be 100 times more dangerous than taking a simple pill.

Glucerna 2014-10-01 20:20:44 -0500 Report

I hear your frustration and I really want to encourage to stick with your goal of learning more about healthy eating and sticking with your overall goals to manage diabetes. Meeting with a registered dietitian is a great idea to help you figure out a balanced eating plan. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Stuart1966 2014-10-01 19:17:30 -0500 Report

Hello Phoenix Eye.
I can't speak to the medical aspects of this… however from the eating side of this none of those foods sound remotely "harmful" per se from the diabetes side at least.

Even assuming that cooked cabbage, or some type/kind of mushroom turned out to be laden with massive calories once it got cooked… how many 55 gallon drums of the stuff are we talking about eating, such that any of it could damage your thyroid BECAUSE of doing so??? Certainly possible Phoenix Eye but I kinda doubt it.

Whatever caused your Thyroid to break down was the same kind of thing which started breaking your pancreas too. Neither one of which could you have stopped. This stuff is not a "straight punch".

Body breakdown, organ-systemic failure is a very complex, multi-faceted and long term thing. The "mushrooms" were not what caused it… no matter how many you eat or ate!

Not remotely likely that you triggered anything that's happened directly to either organ(s). Take endless physical strikes to either one ;~ ) ??? Your body did this stuff to you, not the other way around.

Pegsy 2014-10-01 12:58:05 -0500 Report

You've accomplished so much! Please don't give up. The thyroid issue would likely have happened no matter what you did. We just do the best we can with what we have. As you say, it isn't easy. Hang in there!

jayabee52 2014-10-01 09:52:17 -0500 Report

Howdy PE!
I echo Gabby's opinion. Neither do I see it as a failure! Yes it is frustrating to say the least, but a failure it is not! You lowered your cholesterol and BP, which is really good, the question in my mind is how has your BG (blood glucose) been running?

I have found in my life a combination of low carb and high protein works best for me. Since we all have different responses to the same input, your body may respond differently to the menu on which I thrive.

I also have hypothyroidism, which I am given to understand from the reading i have done about the subject is a common comorbid factor to diabetes. Insulin is messed up and generally there will be a problem with the thyroid as well, which is a sister gland in the endocrine system.

So like Gabby suggested, you may have been on the edge with your thyroid and it picked this time to go "flooey".

I pray you get this well in hand soon


GabbyPA 2014-10-01 08:41:11 -0500 Report

I don't see that as a failure. I just see it as a setback. As Lou said, they are often linked, and it may have actually been an issue before, though on the edge and not treated.

It is easy to treat, and if the other things are working to get your other blood work in check, I would keep on doing it, as you said, in moderation. Every body reacts differently to things.

Type1Lou 2014-10-01 08:35:28 -0500 Report

Diabetes and thyroid disease are often linked. I developed diabetes in 1976 and was diagnosed hypothyroid in the 1980's. I have been taking thyroid meds ever since (as well as insulin). In my case, I don't believe dietary changes came into play as I only started to reduce my carbohydrates somewhere around 2005. Both diabetes and thyroid problems can result from our body's auto-immune responses that go awry for unknown reasons.
The key, as you've discovered, is to find the right balance.