Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes and hyperthyroidism are both hormonal problems.¬†Hyperthyroidism in diabetics makes it difficult for them to control their blood sugar levels. The thyroid gland is present in lower part of your neck. It produces the thyroid hormone which helps in regulating your body’s metabolism. When the thyroid gland produces too much of thyroid hormone, this condition is known as hyperthyroidism.

How does hyperthyroidism affect diabetes?

Hyperthyroidism may lead to a rise in the blood sugar levels of diabetics. Therefore, managing your diabetes can be harder if hyperthyroidism is not treated on time. It may also lead to complications such as weight loss, excessive ketones circulation in the blood, increased insulin dosage or medication to bring down the blood sugar level. Managing diabetes is much easier and effective once hyperthyroidism is treated.

Risk Factors

If you are a diabetic, having an idea about the risk factors associated with hyperthyroidism can be helpful. Some of them are as follows:

  • Having a family history of thyroid disease
  • Being affected by rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes
  • Women above the age of 40
  • Men above the age of 65
  • Women who have recently given birth

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

The common symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Pounding heart
  • Sudden weight loss or increase in appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss
  • Decreased menstruation
  • Thickened skin on elbows, shins and knees

How to deal with it?

If you notice any of the above symptoms and feel that you have hyperthyroidism, consult your doctor immediately. Simple blood tests and a physical examination will help in identifying if you have this condition.

Medicines that slow down the metabolism rate are generally prescribed by doctors. Regular follow-up is required.

1 response to Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism

  1. I have had type II Diabetes for 10 years which I control through diet. I have just found out that my thyroid level is 100. My doctor has not explained very much to me but gave me a pill to try to get the thyroid level down. Normal is between 0 and 5, I think he said. I would like to know more about my problem.