THyroid issues

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2014-12-28 18:59:46 -0600
Started 2014-12-27 14:34:49 -0600

Hi was wondering if anyone knew the answer to a question that is bugging me…when I was diagnosed with diabetes my doctor told me..and I quote "it's like your thyroid isn't even there"…so I am assuming the darn thing quit on me…can't really blame it..I wanted to quit on me a few times in my life…now here it the question..I have no problem losing weight…I have lost about 70 pounds in the last 2 1/2 years..slow and is my understanding that thyroid meds can slow or stop weight loss and even make you gain weight…what is the worst thing that could happen if I refuse the script I am 100% sure the doc is going to give me when I go see him on Tuesday??

9 replies

Type1Lou 2014-12-28 11:12:44 -0600 Report

Like Gabby mentioned, thyroid problems are frequently seen in people with diabetes. I was dx'd with diabetes in 1976 and with hypothyroid in the mid 1980's. I've been on thyroid meds ever since then but the dosages have varied through the years as my body aged and changed. Many, many problems can develop because of an imbalance in thyroid hormone. I have been able to maintain my weight in the low 120 pound area even though I've been taking the thyroid meds. I do follow a low-carb diet which has helped not only maintain my weight but gives me better BG control. IMO, you need to get your thyroid levels back to normal. This can be accomplished either through meds or others have claimed that a nutritional approach might be the solution. There is much on the internet about this. I've opted to take the meds (levothyroxine in my case, a generic form of synthroid).

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-28 06:50:41 -0600 Report

Hi jib jab,
kimberly pretty much lined out for you all that will happen if you don't take your medication. The only thing left out is how tired yoo'll get without it. I actually fall asleep if I miss a day. I was warned when I first started taking the meds to not miss a day.
They meant it too. So much can go wrong we forget or refuse this harmone. Gabby is also right in the advice she gave to you. I was hypothyrode for several years before I was Dx, diabetic.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-28 09:56:46 -0600 Report

I just don't get it…I am not sluggish at all…I can go all day like the energizer bunny…oh well…I guess I will see what the doc says on Tuesday…

GabbyPA 2014-12-28 10:20:01 -0600 Report

It could also be the level of your dysfunction. I take a much lower dose than my husband and he takes a lower dose than is daughter does.

GabbyPA 2014-12-27 16:51:43 -0600 Report

Thyroid issues and diabetes often go hand in hand. Usually the thyroid starts crapping out first. It did for me anyway. I was on a thyroid med long before I was diagnosed with diabetes. For me, it helped me loose weight. It gets you in a better balance and since weight gain is very hormonal, it has a huge affect on the ability to maintain a healthy weight.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-28 09:59:23 -0600 Report

I hope you are right…I have worked very hard to lose the almost 70 pounds I have already lost…and I have gone to bed more than one night with sore arms and legs from my weights..I would hate to lose all that progress…what really sucks is that I read almonds are a no no for people with a bad thyroid…and I just found a wonderful bread at my health food store that is gluten free (good for thyroid function) very low carb (good for diabetes) BUT made from almond flour…sad face..

GabbyPA 2014-12-28 10:18:37 -0600 Report

I have not read that. I make almond milk and use almond flour all the time. What does it do?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-28 18:57:45 -0600 Report

Not a flipping clue…I was a little upset when I read the list of things to avoid I found on several websites..almonds..peanuts (omg I love my peanut butter)..pine nuts…it also says to limit your consumption of veggies like broccoli and cauliflower..brussel sprouts and a few others and that a gluten free diet is best…I did however, after much searching today find tapioca bread…glory to has a few more carbs than the almond flour bread but it is soft and yummy and okay for thyroid issues…

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-28 18:59:46 -0600 Report

I will be seeing a Endo for the first time next month and am seeing a nutritionist next week…will keep everyone informed as to what they tell me..