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The Adrenal Connection – The Thyroid and Diabetes

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.

What Else Impacts on Mood?

Why People are happier in Boulder, Colorado 

Boulder, Colorado or the mountains of Utah are places with high altitudes and people who live in those areas seem happier than those staying on the flipside who appear depressed with a rise in the rate of suicide and use of antidepressants.

Studies have shown that people with lower serotonin levels naturally feel worse in high altitudes since in such altitudes serotonin reduces and dopamine levels rise. On the other hand, people with lower dopamine levels tend to be happy in high altitudes since there’s an increase in dopamine.

There is a relationship between the thyroid and dopamine since they are both made from the same amino acid known as L-tyrosine.

Seasonal Affective disorder

This is a disorder that involves the thyroid and is attributed to a lack of sunshine or a specific light preventing one from creating chemicals within the body, thoughts and happy feelings. However, the existence of this disorder is questionable because some researchers say it exists while others say it does not.

Individuals having seasonal affective disorder are likely to have thyroid antibodies and thyroid disease and people with thyroid disease have higher rates of seasonal affective disorder. There’s a seasonal disorder also called winter blues which can resolve on a beach vacation.

In order to manage this seasonal condition, it’s recommended that one should get the right dosage of thyroid medication and try out the following tips;

  1. Take probiotics and fermented foods. The bacteria found in these foods provide balance in the intestines and evoke positive emotions. There are probiotic brands recommended such as Pure Encapsulations and fermented products for Body Ecology.
  2. Ensure adequate intake of Omega-3’s Fatty Acids. This can be found in seafood, Omega-3 supplements and cod liver oil.
  3. Obtain a Blue-Light which will provide the particular light required in prevention of the seasonal disorders such as depression.

How to address blood sugar once and for all

A healthy blood sugar level is important for both diabetes patients and thyroid disease patients. The most efficient way of addressing blood sugar is changing the diet. Once the blood sugar is in check, some symptoms such as anxiety, palpitations and hair loss will disappear. Blood sugar surges cause a multitude of health issues in diabetes patients and a rise in thyroid antibodies in thyroiditis patients.


Experts recommend a green vegetable smoothie, say kale smoothie, for breakfast. Avoid anything that could cause high blood sugar like carbohydrates and fruit juices. Yes, taking fruit juice for breakfast could cause hyperglycemia. Also, one should avoid foods that cause sensitivities because they can trigger autoimmune attacks.

Unfortunately, the standard American diet encourages taking a lot of sugar at breakfast. Coffee with sugar, orange juice, and cream cheese form a standard American breakfast. Stop and think the amount of sugar and calories in that meal, the figure is overwhelming.

Eat a healthy breakfast. An example of a healthy breakfast is bacon and eggs accompanied by a cup of coffee sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. Keep a diet journal, which is a journal where one jots down how they feel after every meal. The journal can help point out food sensitivities.

Here are guidelines to follow in observing a blood sugar regulating diet

  1. Start by eating after two or three hours
  2. Include fat and protein rich foods in the diet
  3. Cut down the intake of caffeine
  4. Avoid grains
  5. Do not fast
  6. Do not take candy before bedtime
  7. Fruit juice is not good
  8. Take a fat and protein rich snack after two or three hours
  9. Take breakfast immediately after waking up and no later than an hour
  10. Breakfast is mandatory
  11. Observe a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 2:1
  12. Eat a meal with a glycemic index below 55

Nuts, boiled eggs, protein shakes, jerky, and seeds are healthy snack options.

Thyroid versus Mood Disorder

The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones that speed up or slow down the body’s metabolism. There are two major diseases affecting the thyroid gland that is hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In hyperthyroidism, the metabolism rate increases and one might feel irritable, nervous and a rise in the pulse rate while in hypothyroidism, metabolism rate decreases which slows down activities like digestion and thinking. Thyroid dysfunction is thought to be the major cause of depression.

Hashimotos Disease

It’s an autoimmune disorder whereby the immune system attacks the thyroid gland thus inhibiting the production of thyroid hormones. According to Dr. Fasano, autoimmunity results from a combination of environmental triggers, intestinal permeability and genes. However, the main focus is on intestinal permeability since triggers are hard to uncover and genes can’t be changed.

In order to allay the symptoms of depression, it’s necessary to heal the gut and this begins by finding the root cause particularly deducing what causes the leaky gut and triggers. This can be done by determining the type of changes that help one feel better such as toxins.

Symptoms of Hashimotos disease

  1. Fatigue.
  2. Weight gain or inability to lose weight.
  3. Hair loss.
  4. Gut problems such as acid reflux and constipation.
  5. Depression, panic attacks and anxiety.
  6. Brain fag

Symptoms of depression and mood disorders

During the early stages of Hashimoto’s, the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system then breaks down the thyroid causing an influx of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream thus leading to hyperthyroidism. Once the hormonal level goes high, it stabilizes and there’s no more production thus causing hypothyroidism.

In the late stages, one may manifest symptoms of depression, brain fag and apathy.

Thyroid conditions can imitate bipolar disorders

It is crucial for doctors and psychiatrists to figure out the root cause to avoid misdiagnoses because patients may present with symptoms of bipolar disorders or schizophrenia yet it’s a thyroid imbalance.