Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

4/11/05

Q:

I have type 2 diabetes. Lately my blood sugars are running higher than usual. I am also having low thyroid symptoms. Could low thyroid be causing the elevated blood sugars?

A:
Low thyroid indicates a slowing down of your metabolism, which can result in increased blood sugars, particularly if your food intake and activity have not been adjusted. It is important for you to be as active as you can, and revisit the amounts of and types of foods you are eating. Thyroid health requires protein for breakfast, not just some cereal and a piece of toast. With patience, you can regain your former lower blood sugars on a consistent basis.



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