Nutrition Tips for Diabetes
When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, as in hypothyroidism and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome, there can be a domino effect which has the potential to negatively impact many other systems in the body. One of these dominos is an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Additional risk factors associated with being diabetic include the development of cardiovascular disease (such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke), vision problems, and kidney disease.
Left untreated, diabetic complications from low thyroid function can be serious and even life-threatening. A number of studies have focused on finding the root cause of this very preventable disease. An important study from 2016 revealed a significant correlation between rising TSH levels (an indicator of hypothyroidism) and an increased risk of diabetes. This study could help physicians lower their patients’ risks of developing diabetes by making it a priority to test blood sugar levels whenever thyroid tests are abnormal.