Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I used to work in public health focusing on medication safety and diabetes.
Diabetes is a major public health problem affecting 25.8 million Americans or as many as 8% of the general population, but up to 30% of those with Hashimoto’s! While medications may sometimes be a necessary treatment in advanced cases of diabetes, they do not address the root cause of the problem and can have serious side effects. Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle induced condition and is both PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE.
A study in Poland found that almost 50% of people with Hashimoto’s had diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance!
I believe that blood sugar abnormalities are far more common in Hashimoto’s than reported in this study – many people with Hashimoto’s will present with hypoglycemia in the early stages. This is an early risk factor for developing diabetes and exacerbates Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions.
As a Hashimoto’s patient myself, who also had blood sugar abnormalities, my intention is to bring awareness to the things that can be done to overcome the condition, not to point fingers or blame the patient. After all, I was doing my best and following the food pyramid, yet didn’t realize that the current food guidelines were leading me astray.
For example, the Standard American Diet is primarily grain and carbohydrate based, while gluten can trigger Hashimoto’s and carbohydrates cause blood sugar imbalances.
Personally, my hair loss, anxiety, and antibodies greatly improved after I stabilized by blood sugar; in fact, stabilizing blood sugar is the very first intervention I recommend for people with Hashimoto’s.
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