It is undebatable that there is a strong relationship between thyroid and diabetes disorders. Adrenals are responsible for the relationship. The adrenal glands are located at the top of kidneys. They produce adrenaline, the hormone responsible for flight and fight. The adrenal glands also produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a vital hormone in the body, although in high levels it causes weight gain.
Stress causes autoimmune diseases. Come to think of it; traumatic events trigger diseases such as diabetes. Stress overworks the adrenal glands resulting in over production or under production of the cortisol hormone. An imbalance in the cortisol hormone level is a recipe for health complications.
Similarly, chronic infections that cause inflammation result in overproduction of the cortisol hormone. This hormone is an anti-inflammatory. Also, the hormone aids in balancing blood sugar level. The adrenal glands connect the endocrine system, blood sugar, and stress, thus the whole relationship between diabetes and thyroid disorders.
The symptoms of malfunctioning of adrenal glands and thyroid glands are similar. In the event of these symptoms, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test and an adrenal saliva test should be taken. Adrenal dysfunction is real, though most practitioners dismiss this thought.
There are three stages of adrenal dysfunction. In the first stage, the cortisol hormone levels are high. In the second stage, the hormone levels are “all over the place”. In stage three the cortisol levels are low.
Phase three has its toll on patients. These patients are totally fatigued – brain fatigue and body fatigue. They long for the hours between 9 pm and midnight when they are most productive. The only solution for these patients is to try and get their adrenal glands to produce more cortisol. Conventional medicine does not recognize the importance of cortisol, but it is what keeps the body moving.
Some qualified alternative medicine practitioners address issues with the adrenal glands. There is evidence that autoimmune diseases can be controlled by treating the adrenal glands.
Diabetes is a health condition caused by anomalies in insulin production, which results in escalated blood sugar levels. High blood sugar level causes a multitude of health problems. There are many types of diabetes; Type I, Type II, Type III, juvenile diabetes, insipidus, secondary, brittle, LADA, Double, MODY, and steroid-induced diabetes. Type I and Type II are the most common.
In 2012, there were over 29 million diabetes patients. 28% of people are unaware of the disease. As if that is not enough, 86 million of people in the USA are in the prediabetes stage. Diabetes is serious; the necessary measures should be taken to control it.
Fortunately, through conventional medicine intervention and serious lifestyle changes, people can comfortably live with it and even successfully heal from the condition.
Symptoms of diabetes
The following are the symptoms of diabetes
- Unquenchable thirst
- Urinating more frequently than normal
- Insatiable appetite
- Wounds taking too much time to heal
- Rapid weight loss
- Draining fatigue
- Obscured vision
- Numbness or an itchy sensation in feet and hands
Type I Diabetes
This type of diabetes destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The result is a lack of enough insulin in the body to control the blood sugar levels. Type I diabetes patients require insulin injections on a regular basis.
It is unclear what causes this type of diabetes. However, science has it that genetics are somehow involved. So genetics plus some environmental triggers cause this disease.
Type II diabetes
This type of diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, or the body does not register that insulin has been released. Type II diabetes is a lifestyle disorder. The following lifestyle choices and conditions trigger the disease;
- Unbalanced diet
- Physical inactivity
- Packing too much weight
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
This type of diabetes is easy to manage through dieting and work out. Patients are advised to eat foods rich in nutrients and low in starch.