Can Thyroid Problems Cause High Blood Sugar Levels?

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Health Problems That Raise Cholesterol Levels

More than 73 million American adults have high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but no two cases of high cholesterol are exactly alike. Many people have high cholesterol because of physical inactivity or a diet too high in saturated fats, or because it runs in the family. But having other health conditions can also cause high cholesterol levels, especially conditions that affect your metabolism, such as diabetes (high blood sugar) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). High Cholesterol: The Big Picture When the body's metabolism — the process by which the body turns food into energy — is affected by a health problem, cholesterol levels in the blood are often affected, too. Figuring out the best way to treat high cholesterol starts with understanding why it's happening; identifying other health problems is a primary consideration. "When we see people who come in for assessment of an elevated form of LDL cholesterol or triglycerides, we always want to look for associated metabolic abnormalities," says cardiologist Stephen J. Nicholls, PhD, professor of cardiology at the University of Adelaide in Australia. High cholesterol treat Continue reading >>

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  1. Em_NZ

    Hyperthyroidism - BG rises in a non diabetic?

    Hi all, long time no see!
    My mother was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, her numbers coming out over twice the max 'normal' amount. She's only just started taking pills for it, so far things aren't really improving but we're hoping for a good change real soon!
    My question is, can an overactive thyroid raise blood sugar levels in a non-diabetic? She's always had perfectly healthy BG results until now. Even now it's nothing tragic - her A1c was 6.3, which many of us would be proud of but I know it's a little high for a non-D.
    I'm pretty sure it's just the thyroid acting up seeing as it's affecting her whole metabolism - but just hoping someone can confirm that for me. And will it all settle down once the pills are doing what they should? Anything else I should know?

  2. drsoosie

    It is possible it could raise it a little, however according to my endo not likely. She should also have herself checked for diabetes or pre-diabetes. I have Grave's disease and when I had high BG last year, before I was diagnosed, I was convinced it was because my Synthroid was too high and I was consuming more sugar to compensate for the high metabolism. It turns out, being an auto-immune person, I actually had Type 1 diabetes. The symptoms are similar in the beginning to an over active thyroid.

  3. Em_NZ

    She's being sent for a GTT (ugh) so we'll see how that goes. I'm going to offer to go with her, I want to be there to support her - and also just see how it's done as I never had one myself!
    Also I'm going to her place for dinner tonight so I'll take my spare meter and do my own little GTT, testing before & a couple of times after we eat.
    6.3 isn't that high for a non-diabetic is it?
    I would not wish diabetes on anyone, and I'd freak if Mum got it! She's just had the test to see if her hyperthyroidism is auto-immune, so that's a result we're waiting for. If it is there's more of a chance of her prospective diabetes being T1... I think we'd all prefer T2, with an A1c like that she'd be able to control it well with diet & exercise as she's already pretty smart when it comes to nutrition.
    My diabetes has come through my Dad's side of the family - no trace of it at all in my Mum's (huge!) family. So I'm thinking that so far the odds are good for this to just be an oddity because of her body going a little nuts.
    Then again, maybe I'm in denial, because I really can't handle the thought of my Mum having to go through everything that I go through!

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