Low Thyroid Symptoms and Blood Sugar Levels

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Scottsdale Phoenix Metro Area Doctor Shares how Hypothyroid Symptoms are affected by Blood Sugar Levels


Let’s take a look at the important role of balanced blood sugar levels and your low thyroid symptoms

Proper Blood Sugar levels are critical for anyone with low thyroid function.  Normal blood glucose levels medically have a broad range of anywhere from 70 to 105.  Functional or optimal blood glucose levels are 85 to 99.  According to the American Diabetic Association, a blood sugar level reading of 106 to 126 is called, “Insulin resistance,” and anything above 127 is diabetes.

I know you may be thinking, I don’t have diabetes.  Here is the thing, you don’t have to be diabetic to have blood sugar problems.  Your body does not like to have the range too high or too low.  Anytime the range gets out of the normal, you start to get inflammatory chemicals released in the body.  This is not a good thing.

Here is a scary example of how the traditional model can go wrong.  One of my patients, Todd, came in for me to take a look at his hip.  During the exam I noticed several indicators pointing towards blood sugar problems.  This guy was sharp.  He had already figured he had diabetes.

He had all the signs and symptoms.  He did all the research on the web pertaining to it.  He told me he had asked his doctor to test him.   His doctor told him he was a lucky man.  He did not have diabetes.  His blood test showed he was one point away from it.

Suffice it to say we took a different approach and Todd did not have to go on any medications.  We were able to control it with diet, exercise, and proper supplementation.  He no longer has any of the symptoms of diabetes.

Here are a few symptoms of when the Glucose, or blood sugar, is not regulated properly:

  • Poor memory, forgetful
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Increased thirst & appetite
  • Waist girth is equal or larger than hip girth
  • Feel shaky, jittery, tremors
  • Blurred vision
  • Depend on coffee to get going in am
  • Lightheaded if meals are missed
  • Crave sweets during the day
  • Agitated, easily upset, nervous
  • Wake up nauseated

So how does this impact my thyroid?

Blood sugar and adrenal problems go hand in hand.  If you have one, you are going to have the other.  This will negatively impact the liver, anterior pituitary, gut, heart, and hippocampus.  Remember, most of our inactive form of our thyroid hormone T4 gets converted to the active form T3 in the peripheral tissues.  The point to remember is that fluctuations in blood sugar drastically affect the thyroid glands function in multiple ways.  Supporting hypothyroidism is futile if your blood sugar level is too high or too low.

When blood sugar is off you start to get some or all of the low thyroid symptoms below:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Hair falls out easily
  • Dry skin
  • Poor circulation and numbness in hand and feet
  • Morning headaches that wear off as day progresses

Diabetes is becoming so prevalent in the United States that authorities are predicting that it may bankrupt the healthcare system.

I see people everyday that have medical histories that scream that they have a thyroid problem, yet they continue to suffer because no one ever looked at the whole picture.  There are natural thyroid treatment options in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Metro area by a doctor who cares. 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie Danab August 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

I have all the symptoms that are described above. I was diagnosed almost six years ago with type 2 diabetes and at that time only told to lose weight. I became active at my job and my blood sugar stayed in the ranges of 97, so I pretty much stopped checking my blood sugar. After a very stressful time in my life, I decided to go back to college and upon doing that I suddenly developed a bad pain in my left eye. After going to a specialist he could find nothing and then I decided to get a regular doctor and was then told that my A1C was 6.7 and was placed on metformin, but I was very dissappointed because doctor’s as I found out these days don’t even go over anything with you. I was just called by the nurse and told it was 6.7 and my doctor wanted to place me on metformin. I never saw or discussed anything with my doctor and was not even told to get a meter and that I needed to write down my blood sugar levels or anything for that matter. I decided to change doctors and believe it or not was even more disappointed. This doctor has three stars and very highly recommended, but she too also never mentioned checking the blood, writing it down, what to eat, or even the fact that I was overweight and needed to lose weight. She just said I’m prescribing Janumet. Then I asked what can I do to lose the weight to get my slow metabolism going and she laughed and said diet and exercise, but that was never the option over taking pills to lower the blood sugar. Aren’t doctors supposed to discuss these things with their patients or is it extinct. Are we just supposed to go on the internet to find out from blogs like yours the things we need to know? I’m really concerned. Anyway, I was also told that my vitamin D was low and asked to make sure I took 2000 iu a day, which I’m doing. My thyroid is normal, but this was taken from my blood test. Is it safe for me to take 2000 iu a day? I’m 54 and like I said I had all the symptoms above and the ones for Vitamin D deficiency. Also because of searching the internet about Meformin and Janumet I called and told my physician that I was not taking them because of all the side effects and the fact that both sides of my back around the waist has been hurting–kidneys. I’m going to try it with checking my blood sugar a lot more, exercise everyday and make sure that I stop eating at 7 o’clock and no carbs before bedtime. Is this enough without medication? Can I manage to lower my blood sugar and get back on track without the medication? I really don’t want to take them. I’m afraid I’ll be in more trouble in different areas, such as the pancreas. You’re always hearing about people not having anything wrong with them, but once they start taking all these new medicines they are coming up with then all your other organs are affected and I don’t want that. Thank you for any type of advice that you can give me.


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Lyle Kwapniewski October 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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