As Diabetics, we should get our thyroids checked often, in order to prevent treatment complications, raised levels of cholesterol, and other autoimmune issues. Research shows that there is a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases including certain types of diabetes. In fact, fifteen to 20 percent of diabetics and their siblings or parents are at a greater risk of presenting with thyroid disease compared to 4.5 percent of the general population.
- Affects at least 30 million Americans -- some experts say 59 million!
- Is easily -- and frequently -- misdiagnosed as depression
- Is at least 7 times more likely to affect women
- Can be the actual cause of weight gain/difficulty losing weight, fatigue, depression, hair loss, and high cholesterol in some people
- Is most often due to autoimmune disease
- In women, can cause infertility, low sex drive, miscarriage, irregular menstrual periods, breastfeeding problems, and difficult menopause
- Is NOT typically tested for as part of regular blood work in an annual physical
- Is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, or insufficiently/incorrectly treated by physicians
So the next time you’re at your regular Endo appointment, ask for a thyroid check. Any good Endo would have already done this at the time of a Diabetes diagnosis, but we all know how we need to advocate for ourselves.