Let’s Take A Look At The Important Role Of Balanced Blood Sugar Levels And Your Low Thyroid Symptoms
By Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC
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 for blood sugar too high or too low. Anytime the range gets out of the normal functional range (85-99), you start to get inflammatory chemicals released in the body. These inflammatory chemicals are called cytokines and they are not a good thing. The events that are triggered by inflammatory cytokines are like a domino effect that is difficult to stop and can lead to autoimmune conditions!
Here is a scary example of how the traditional model can go wrong. One of my patients, Carol, came in for me to take a look at her health challenges. During the exam I noticed several indicators pointing towards blood sugar problems, such as difficulty with memory (she was forgetting where she was put her students school assignments, etc.), belly fat issues and being overweight. This gal already knew she was headed towards diabetes based on tests she had from her medical practitioner.
Suffice it to say we took a different approach and Carol did not have to go on any medications. She was to the point where she was desperate for change and willing to do whatever it took to get better. Fortunately, Carol came in time. We were able to control it with diet, and proper supplementation. She now is ready to get started with exercise, which is an important part of controlling blood sugar. The good news is that Carol 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
- Difficulty sleeping
- 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 blood sugar 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, most notably in the liver and gut. 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.
For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body’s Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.
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