Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

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Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

Thyroid and Diabetes
Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

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Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

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Why early detection of thyroid disorder matters for diabetics

Thyroid disorder is a very common health condition that a lot of people suffer from today. But if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you know that there is a family history of diabetes, you may have a higher chance of having thyroid disorder as well.

This means that it is best to speak to your doctor and get yourself examined. The link between diabetes and thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders and diabetes are the two of the most common endocrine disorders.

People with diabetes are more prone to thyroid disorders than the general population. In fact, around 30% of diabetes patients also suffer from a thyroid condition.

How thyroid disorder can affect diabetes

If your thyroid hormone does not work the way it is meant to, it could interfere with your diabetes care. 

Here is how: Thyroid hormone controls your body’s regular metabolism which is required for all its normal functioning. In case of a thyroid problem, this metabolism gets compromised.

Therefore, controlling your diabetes may get tougher when the body metabolism is compromised and the thyroid gland is out of control. A hidden thyroid problem while managing diabetes may result in changes in your insulin requirements, increased risk of sudden low blood glucose levels and poor glycemic control.

How to diagnose

Diagnosing a thyroid condition when you have diabetes can be a little difficult, but it is possible. To get the most accurate diagnosis, your doctor will most likely refer a TSH blood test. This is a basic procedure that will check the levels of TSH produced by your pituitary gland. The pituitary gland will indicate if there is a problem in the way your thyroid is functioning, so this is one of the first tests your doctor will ask you to get done.

Your doctor may also request a few other tests to see if you need any new medication or need to change the dosage of the existing ones.

Can it be treated?

Almost all cases of thyroid disorders can be treated if you get the diagnosis and treatment at the right time.  If you are diagnosed with thyroid disorder, do not worry. Just follow your doctor’s advice and take medications as suggested. This way you can keep your hormone levels under control.

Early diagnosis is important

It takes time for thyroid hormones to reach within a normal range once the treatment begins. It will require your and your doctor’s combined effort to show results and best manage the levels. This is why early diagnosis is crucial.

If not diagnosed or treated on time, hidden thyroid disorders can not only interfere with your diabetes care but may also increase the risk of diabetes complications. If you feel you have any symptoms that could be a sign of thyroid disorder, or if you have any symptoms and are not sure what they could be, do speak to your doctor and take the required steps.

 

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"People with diabetes are more prone to thyroid disorders than the general population."

References

  1. Jayakumar RV. Hypothyroidism and diabetes: Indian Consensus Statement 2016