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:
- Weight Gain
- 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.