Blood Sugar and Your Thyroid

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Is Blood Sugar Relevant to our Thyroid?

You bet it is!! It’s VERY important to know that you don’t have to be diabetic to have blood sugar problems. Our body naturally wants sugar to be stable. Raise it too high or too low and you begin to deal with additional problems like insulin resistance or inflammation. Studies show that constant insulin surges increase the destruction of the thyroid gland…YIKES!!!

Blood Sugar and Your Thyroid

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The American Thyroid Association shows us just how common thyroid issues are becoming!:

  • Over 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lives.
  • Approximately 20 million Americans have some kind of thyroid disease.
  • Almost 60% of people with thyroid disease do not know they have it.
  • Women are more likely than men to have thyroid issues—five to eight times more likely.

SCARY!! Right  🙁

Blood Sugar and Your Thyroid Related to Metabolic Syndrome

Recent studies have revealed that there is an increase in the number of thyroid disorders among people with diabetes. Coincidently there is also an increase in the number of people with metabolic syndrome among those with a thyroid disorder. There appears to be a significant correlation between metabolic syndrome and thyroid dysfunction and scientific data continues to support that such a conclusion is true.

What does this mean? Well it means that keeping your blood sugar levels within the normal range is one of the prerequisites of having a healthy thyroid gland and vice versa.

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Understanding Metabolic Syndrome and Hyperglycemia

Metabolic Syndrome refers to a group of metabolic risk factors that often occur together. Issues such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, insulin resistance, inflammation and tendency to form blood clots. (Looks familiar right 😯 ) Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar is one of the main causes of metabolic syndrome. High blood sugar is caused by having excessive carbohydrates in the body. Some observers claim that hyperglycemia can be simply called “excess carbohydrate disease”.

That is a little simplistic, however, because not all carbohydrates have the same effect on the body’s function. The differences between ingestion of simple sugars and more complex carbohydrates and their subsequent health effects are becoming more widely understood every day.

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How Hyperglycemia Leads to Insulin Resistance

When a person consumes too carbohydrates the pancreas will secrete insulin in order to move excess glucose from the blood into the cells where glucose can then be used or stored for energy production. If you continuously consume too many simple carbs your cells will eventually become unable to respond to insulin. In other words, chronic consumption of too many carbs will only make the cells lose the ability to hear the insulin knocking.  It’s like when our kids constantly cry, complain, or panic over nothing – we eventually become numb to the response :-). In response to being ignored, the pancreas will produce more insulin as a way to knock harder, with the hope that the cells will notice and finally respond to it and this is when insulin resistance starts to occur.

In addition to insulin resistance, another SERIOUS consequence is this repeated set of insulin surges can lead to damage of the thyroid gland especially among people who have autoimmune thyroid disease. Once the thyroid gland begins to become damaged, our thyroid hormone production will also diminish which then leads to our symptoms.

Hypoglycemia and Thyroid Damage

Believe it or not we aren’t done… These high blood sugar levels can cause damage to the thyroid glands, but guess what chronic low blood sugar can also lead to the same problem. EEK!!! Prolonged or severe hypoglycemia can lead to coma, seizures and death. The human body is programmed to detect low blood sugar levels and see it as a threat to life so the body responds accordingly shutting things down that aren’t required for survival.

If your blood sugar levels become very low, your body will respond by allowing your adrenal glands to secrete a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol will then send signals to the liver to start producing more glucose so that an individual’s blood sugar levels will return to normal.

Unfortunately, if you have chronically low levels of blood sugar, cortisol production will also increase. This repetitive cortisol release can also lead to a suppressed pituitary function. This adverse effect on the pituitary gland will also have a negative impact on the thyroid gland because it is the signal from the pituitary gland that tells the thyroid to create T4. No pituitary function = No signal = No hormone production. Yep I hear ya – scary stuff!

It is becoming more and more apparent how crucial to health it is to maintain our blood glucose levels within a ‘normal’ range. This is supposed to be and is usually regulated by our dietary intake. If you are not able to maintain your blood sugar levels in an accepted range it will affect your health as outlined above. See your doctor for help and advice.

KNOW THE SIGNS OF THYROID ISSUES

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HYPOTHYROIDISM: Signs Of An UnderActive Thyroid

  • Feeling cold most of the time esp in the extremities
  • Dry skin and/or thinning hair
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight gain unexplained
  • Extremely heavy periods
  • Brain Fog
  • Constipation
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Hoarse voice
  • Feeling Sad or depressed
  • A puffy face

HYPERTHYROIDISM: Signs Of An OverActive Thyroid

  • Feeling hot most of the time
  • Sweaty hands or feet and/or increased sweating
  • Racing heart (particularly during exercise) or palpitations
  • Weight loss unexplained
  • Very light to no periods
  • Diarrhea or increased bowel movements
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trembling in your hands or fingers
  • Eye changes: bulging, red, or irritated eyes
  • Insomnia and difficulty staying asleep
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I'm a wife and mom of 2 (3 counting our beautiful golden). I never knew my little butterfly gland was so sensitive nor did I know just how important it was. That was, until I grew fed up of how I was feeling every single day. It was stealing my life away and I had to do something about it. What I found changed my life in a way I never imagined. No more medication, severe symptoms are a thing of the past, and I feel more energetic, happy and stronger than ever. I'm also the creator of the Hypothyroid Support Program, where I've made it my mission to help other women feel great again too. Thyroid healing: Stronger together - Standing up against hypothyroidism!

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