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How often do thyroid and diabetes disorders co-occur?

There is a strong correlation between thyroid diseases and both Type I and Type II diabetes. Thyroid disorders are common. They affect between 10% and 20% of the worldwide population. Thyroid disease risk doubles in diabetic patients. Approximately 30% of Type I diabetics have autoimmune thyroid condition.

The relationship does not end there. Patients with thyroid disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are at more risk of acquiring diabetes. Diabetic patients have low thyroid function due to decreased T3 hormone.

They are autoimmune conditions

Diabetes and thyroid disorders are classified as autoimmune diseases. Having one autoimmune disease increases the risk of getting another. Autoimmune conditions require three trigger conditions; genes, intestinal permeability and environmental triggers, according to Dr. Alessio Fasano. Autoimmune diseases can be prevented by controlling the trigger conditions.

Controlling the triggers can also reduce the rate at which the autoimmune diseases progress. However, if another disease, or body organ, is responsible for malfunction of the thyroid gland, or other related organs, the damage might be irreversible.

What are the causes of these conditions?

It is not clear what causes intestinal permeability. But, people who have this condition absorb unwanted bodies causing improper contents in the circulation, which then triggers an immune response. The immune response causes an autoimmune condition. For this reason, health practitioners will recommend gut healing for people with thyroid and diabetic disorders.

Addressing intestinal permeability early and controlling environmental triggers such as toxins, deficiency of certain nutrients, and stress helps put autoimmune conditions into remission.

Nutrients deficiency is common in these patients. Both diabetics and thyroid disease patients have blood sugar imbalances. Low level of the thyroid hormone causes anomalies in carbohydrate metabolism.

Such problems in these patients have solutions. People with diabetes should have thyroid hormone screening regularly. The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test is the conventional way of testing problems with the thyroid gland. People have optimal thyroid gland functioning when the TSH level is 0.5-2.0.

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