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  1. Sysy
    Sysy January 26, 2012 at 6:52 am | | Reply

    Wow Thanks for that info. I just want to share that I dealt with about 5 years of hypothyroidism and then by losing weight and changing my diet and exercising more and lowering my A1c, my thyroid has been functioning at proper levels for the past 7 years.

    It doesn’t mean everyone can do that, but I think it’s always important to point out the possibility of lifestyle factors on regulating thyroid problems as it’s much easier on the body than medication (and treating the root of the issue). I hope I can hang on without medication for a long time.

    It’s good to know that if I do need medication one day, that so many people are successfully managing their thyroids with medication.

  2. diabetic survial kit
    diabetic survial kit January 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | | Reply

    Hypothyroidism or slow thyroid is extremely common in everybody. Treatment is replacing the hormone and it is important to get the dosage correct. Many people take their thyroid pills with other medications, vitamins or food, and this can lead to inconsistent levels of thyroid hormone and problems achieving and maintaining normal amounts of thryoid hormone in the blood. This medication should be taken on an empty stomach with no food for about 45 minutes and no vitamins for about 4 hours. People who maintain normal levels of thyroid hormone do very well.

    1. Jan74
      Jan74 June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am | | Reply

      FYI, the medication can be taken sublingually for stable absorption rates. I’ve taken it that way for 10 years, as advised by my GP. Around 30% of the dose is lost when you swallow thyroid medication, so people that have always taken it the traditional way will probably need to adjust to a lower dosage when they start taking it sublingually.

      That also avoids the whole “can’t eat for 1h after taking thyroid medication” dilemma. You can eat as soon as it is done dissolving. And no vitamins or food in your stomach will affect it.

  3. Joanne
    Joanne January 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm | | Reply

    I was dx’d with graves disease when I was 13. Underwent two rounds of radioactive iodine and am now hypothyroid. I’ve been on synthroid, levothyroxine and armor thyroid and of the three, armor made me feel the best. When I got pregnant with my second, my thyroid went crazy and they had to up my dose from 125 to 200. I find it so weird that my levels still fluctuate, and I can totally tell when I’m off.

  4. Kelly Booth
    Kelly Booth January 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | | Reply

    This was a great article! I was on a lower dose medication that worked well for years and then around when I turned 50, it was like the bottom dropped out. It took awhile to find a good doctor that knew how to treat it properly. I had a lot of BS problems until my thyroid was optimized.

  5. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston January 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm | | Reply

    I see my same endo for my Type 1 & my Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. Many years before I was dx’d low thyroid, we detected anti-thyroid antibodies in my bloodstream. Still, I was shocked when my routine test showed my thyroid levels had severely plummeted. The hypothyroidism had finally arrived.

    My endo often says that my hypothyroidism is a complete non-issue – that we’ve solved problem by my taking thyroid replacement hormone, and routinely checking my levels. We just on the Type 1. I do run cold, but I don’t have other problems. p.s. my (non-diabetic) mom has hypothyroidism, so Allison, stay on top of those tests.

  6. Betty B
    Betty B August 15, 2012 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    Keep getting tested! In March of last year I was diagnosed with Graves disease, after landing in the hospital with atrial fibrillations and VERY fast heart rate. Then just three months later, I developed Type 2 Diabetes. Now my cholesterol is up (just at 208) and my endocrinologist said that I will likely have to be on medication for that too! The bottom line – if you don’t feel “right” for you, go to the doctor and request a full panel of thyroid tests. I initially thought all my symptoms were menopause related: fatigue, sleeplessness, feeling hot all the time, weight gain and loss, hair loss, brain fog. How wrong I was!

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  8. Jo Morriss
    Jo Morriss November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | | Reply

    I recently started using insulin and have since developed tremors. I had to go to the emergency room on Weds they were so bad. I started having them after starting with insulin and they are getting worse.

    1. Katrina H
      Katrina H February 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm | | Reply

      I started getting really coarse tremors when I wake up. Started after I began injecting insulin for my diabetes. Has continued really badly until I was just diagnosed today with hyperthyroidism. Throw in the massive heart attack I had last October, and this 43 yo is getting tired of all the health issues. Oh, and my Diabetes that was diagnosed as Type 2 when I was 32 now appears to have been caused by an autoimmune disease and I have Diabetes Type 1.5!!! Didn’t even know what that was. I have insulin resistance and don’t make insulin anymore, so I am having huge doses of insulin (95 units/day) just to see a small reduction in BGL. So over it.

  9. james
    james March 21, 2013 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    My doctor informed me that my T3 levels were way off. I have been struggling with mood swings weight gain and depression. I know now it is my thyroid gland. This post was very helpful thanks.

  10. Barbara
    Barbara April 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm | | Reply

    In 2002 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. ( the name alone can scare you!) My symptoms were prevalent for a year, Weight loss, Sleeping disorder, weakness, my heart felt like it was beating as fast as a Hummingbird.. I complained to my PCP and she said..
    ” Hmm.. I think you might be depressed” ( psychiatric disorder)..
    “Depressed? I don’t feel depressed.I feel weak and shaky and I am losing weight even though I am eating everything I can shove down my throat.”

    Well, sometimes depression can manifest in many ways, and your symptoms suggest to me that you are probably dealing with depression. I am going to give you an anti-depressant, Rx- Wellbutrin!!!

    A week into taking this CRAZY drug, I called her and told her. ” I am NOT taking this Drug.. I have lost another pound. I am not interested in reverting to my birth weight..”

    Yes. Wellbutrin can sometimes cause some weight loss but I do think you need to give the drug a chance for your depression”

    “NO!: I replied. I think YOU need a hearing aid.. I am now angry as hell and I am NOT TAKING THIS CRAZY DRUG.. YOU TAKE IT!.. I want a COMPLETE PHYSICAL.. Something is WRONG!

    “You will have to call the office and schedule for a complete physical as that requires quite a bit of my time”

    “Fine, I will hang up talking to my DOCTOR and schedule a COMPLETE PHYSICAL with my DOCTOR ( YOU) so that I can actually get an APPOINTMENT with YOU to schedule my COMPLETE PHYSICAL.. This is insane!”

    CLICK. I hung up, then redialed the same office and I had to wait 3 months for my COMPLETE PHYSICAL

    Meanwhile I was going BONKERS..


    DOC walks in the room and says.” OH, I can’t give you a complete physical today.. It’s not on the schedule.!!!”
    So how are you doing on the Wellbutrin?

    UH, I am not taking it! I am not depressed.”

    “Oh, It says here in your chart that I prescribed Wellbutrin for depression” Why did you stop taking the antidepressant? ”

    At this point I asked her if I was ON CANDID CAMERA IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE!!! I called you, and told you I was not going to take the CRAZY drug.. I am not depressed. I just told you.. Are you trying to make me NUTS? I have lost 5 more pounds, I am here today because I schedule a complete physical

    “Well, we will have to reschedule you for a complete physical, I don’t have time today”… she said so BLASE. ( I think she was drugged..I am SERIOUS)

    FURIOUS. I left the office..In tears..Shaking, fatigued and Starving.

    6 months later I went into Urgent Care because I was so sick that I could barely move.

    Tests were run.. I got a call from a MALE doctor the very next day who told me..” You need to get over to the office IMMEDIATELY”

    He said…You have Graves Disease and are in danger of having a thyroid storm. You need to start medication today..

    Graves disease.? Thyroid Storm? I have never heard of this! What are you telling me? Am I dying? I proceeded to tell him my experience with my PCP..

    The look on his face was enough to tell me.. OMG, THIS WOMAN COULD and SHOULD SUE FOR MALPRACTICE..!!!

    Got treated.. For Graves. PTU/ Tapozole. 16 months.


    Changed HMO PLANS.. Was diagnosed with CFS.
    by an infectious disease specialist. No treatment. But they are testing at UCLA for Ampligen. I will try to get you in on the last leg of the study.

    AMPLIGEN Was originally created to treat AIDS.

    Who treats Thyroid conditions with Ampligen? Bueller? Anyone?

    Bottom Line:

    I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and STILL fighting for my health…. ( also Falsely named as CFS for insurance companies. one time called THE YUPPIE FLU!) M.E. has 64 symptoms. Thyroid disorders is just one.

    Now my New HMO PLAN has been trying to shove me into a psychiatric condition..

    September 12, 2012, The FDA pronounced
    ME/ CFS is a life-threatening, debilitating illness.

    Guess what? We are not Crazy, we are ill.. What a concept!

    Oh yeah. The first HMO PLAN?.. Lost my records.. How?


    Thing is. I don’t want to sue anyone. I want my life back!

    Thyroid issues are so pervasive.. It’s an epidemic. Theories are that we are Iodine deficient. One leading doctor is name Dr.Brownstein. I used to live in Michigan where he actually HEALS people…From Sjorens, RA, Diabetes.. Etc. He actually takes Patients Seriously.

    Imagine that. AN MD who doesn’t push Anti-depressants that would have KILLED ME had I continued to take it!

    My cholesterol is Insanely High, My diet is VEGAN. Not Vegetarian- VEGAN.. Raw foods..

    I am one number away from having type 11 Diabetes.. With OVER THE TOP B-12 and FOLATE. ( It’s easier to win the LOTTERY Than have HIGH B-12)

    Just got my blood tests back this morning in my e-mail.My personal opinion :

    HMO plans are PHARMA COMPANIES disguised as Health Care Facilities. The doctor’s are wearing their Straight Jackets backwards…

    Thank you for reading this if you did..

    A thousand pardons for anyone who thinks I am self indulgent. My goal is to share that You must be PRO-ACTIVE In your health… Not all Doctors are created equal..

    Here’s to the TRUTH. Truth has no enemies, but it takes no prisoners.. It’s like Gravity- a field of energy that you either obey the rules or KERSPLAT!


    1. Suzanne
      Suzanne September 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm | | Reply

      I just read your post, you are so funny( what you are going through is certainly not funny)! I hope by now you are feeling better. The backward straight jacket was the best. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto and I am a type 2 diebetic. I finally found a new endo who listened to me I have full blown Hashimoto. He started me on a second medication Cytamel to take along with my first (synthroid). Three weeks into this new cocktail I am having headaches every morning, stomach has swollen like pregnant and I have gained 10 additional lbs (three weeks) I look in the mirror and don’t recognize myself. Had a CAT Scan of my stomach this morning. I don’t know what to do now. I asked him if this was a side effect of this Cytemel and he said my swollen stomach was because I gained weight. I am on Victoza for my diebetes. I have no appetite because of the Victoza. and take in between 500 and 800 calories a day. What would I look like if I ate? At this point I wish I were loosing the weight instead of gaining (I guess both are bad. Please write back I would love to hear from you.

  11. Aliya Funda
    Aliya Funda August 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm | | Reply

    I have never thought that hyperactive thyroid would also lead to diabetes. This blog really provided me some important information regarding thyroid hormone, thanks for this!

  12. Maureen Duncan
    Maureen Duncan August 31, 2013 at 10:24 am | | Reply

    I have had type 1 Diabetes for 40 years and Hypothyroidism for close to the same. Ten years ago I developed a condition call Diabetic Mastopathy. When I researched it I found that it is rare and occurs in people who have been insulin dependent diabetics and who have had hypothyroidism for 30 years or more. Well that was exactly me at the time. Does anyone know about this condition and anyway to reverse?

  13. Melissa Shannon
    Melissa Shannon April 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm | | Reply

    Great article!

    I’m glad to see the discussion about T4 not being a good treatment for everyone!

    I’m a diabetes nurse educator and PWDs, type one and Hashimoto’s thyroid.

    I blog about my experience with needing T3 and how my life was drastically improved when I went from T4 medication to T3.

    Check out my recent blog posts:

  14. Janet Stephens
    Janet Stephens July 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm | | Reply

    I am a 67 year old diabetic who took Victoza for over a year. Six months after taking it, I developed hyperthyroidism and started taking tapazole with no improvement. I told my doctor that I found a study that showed Victoza could cause hyperthroidism in older women. I stopped taking it and my blood test three weeks later showed a much less degree of hyperthyroidism. In fact, my doctor reduced my dose of tapazole by half. I am hoping my next blood test will show even more improvement.

    1. Veronica Mangine
      Veronica Mangine October 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm | | Reply

      Hi. My name is Veronica. This post is for Melissa Shannon This may come up as Michael Mangine instead of Veronica. That’s my son. I think it has to do with I am not on Facebook.

      Back in April 2014, a new primary doctor wanted to check my thyroid numbers. At that time my numbers were: Regarding Thyroid TSH. 0.501, T4 Free Direct 1.18, T4 5.2. Regarding Pre-Diabetes. Glucose Serum 101. Hemoglobin A1C. 6.1. AG Ratio. 1.8. Additionally, Lymphs Absolute 3.0. And I had lost 12 lbs. over 6 Months without trying.

      This month, Oct. 2014, Thyroid TSH 0.170, T4 Free Direct. 1.03. T4. 6.1, T3. 137, TPO Ab. 30. Regarding Pre-diabetes – Glucose Seum. 105, this report didn’t have A1C, AG Ratio. 2.6. Additionally, Lymphs Absolute 3.4, and I lost 6 more lbs. since April.

      Should my Doctor subscribe T3 or T4 medicine?o

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