This was originally posted to my blog, Diabetes Odyssey.
This past week has been full of joy, excitement, and renewal of motivation. It has also had a sobering, humbling kind of effect, this I was expecting so it wasn’t a bad thing but a good and happy one.
For those of you new to my blog or that haven’t been keeping up, let me give you a few points of fact to help you fully understand this post:
- I have been struggling with hypothyroidism for the past year + some.
- I am a type 1 diabetic
-Although I was on a thyroid medication (synthetic) and my labs were saying everything was in range, I still continued to have bad hypothyroid symptoms including very bad insulin resistance and weight gain with the inability to lose.
A bit over a week ago I switched from a synthetic thyroid medication (Levothyroxine) to a natural desiccated thyroid (Armour) medication. Immediately, IMMEDIATELY, the insulin resistance went way, way down. It isn’t totally gone (probably because I have other illnesses that contribute to insulin resistance) but it is massively improved.
I was shocked - and super super excited- at how immediate the improvement happened. My BG’s went from the 300’s to below 100 within 4 hours with no changes to my lifestyle or medications other than the thyroid medication. I changed nothing but the thyroid medication for the first three days just so I could see what the thyroid medication was doing to me. So one week in and here’s what I’ve noticed:
-The insulin resistance is markedly improved -my acne is clearing up - I have more energy and less fatigue and sleepiness -I sleep better. Way better! -I feel less muscle weakness in my arms and legs
For so long I was trying so hard to get my BG’s under control and lose weight. No matter how hard I tried, no matter how healthy I ate and how much exercise I got and how much insulin I pumped into my body I could not bring my BG’s down or lose even one pound! It was a vicious circle.
I’m sure you can imagine the frustration and hopelessness! I just gave up for a while. Why try if you know nothing will work!
I knew this wasn’t my fault, I was doing everything right, so something else was going on here! So I did my research and discovered the well-known issue many hypothyroid patients have with synthetic thyroid medication.
I changed my thyroid medication and, viola, all of a sudden everything is as it should have been all along!
Now I am re-motivated to do my part. I’m going back to eating right and getting plenty of exercise.
Now I just need to get labs done in a few weeks to see if my thyroid levels are in the sweet spot. I’m sure there will be some dose adjustments, but all is good!
Hopefully soon I will start to see weight-loss! I already feel a million times lighter!