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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Low t3 (liothyronine) and "low" normal TSH & T4? Could it still be hypothyroidism? Other causes? I also have hypoglycemia and periodic hypokalemia.

Low t3 (liothyronine) and "low" normal TSH & T4? Could it still be hypothyroidism? Other causes? I also have hypoglycemia and periodic hypokalemia.

Endocrinologist: An endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate,advise and treat you for this complicated hormonal imbalance. You may have a pituitary gland disorder as primary hypothyroidism is characterized by an elevated TSH and the hypoglycemia and electrolyte findings are also suspicious. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia because I have both ?

Both: To my knowledge as an Endocrinologist I don't recognize any link between your two medical complaints. Hopefully you are seeing an Endocrinologist on referral from your primary doctor. If not, please have your doctor refer you ASAP. ...Read more

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I am hypothyroid and have been having a lot of symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia , should I see my doctor?

I am hypothyroid and have been having a lot of symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia , should I see my doctor?

Yes: I am doubtful that your hypothyroidism is related to reactive (postprandial) hypoglycemia. If you have documented serum glucose concentration below 50 mg/dl or have neuroglycopenic symptoms after a meal, you definitely need a thorough diagnostic evaluation for a hypoglycemic disorder. Initial evaluation begins with venipuncture during symptoms. There are several possible diagnoses. ...Read more

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Was taking 20mg lisinopril when my BP was 145/95. Bp now 135/85 naturally. I have hypothyroid and hypoglycemia. Dad has diabetes. Do i need it still?

Was taking 20mg lisinopril when my BP was 145/95. Bp now 135/85 naturally. I have hypothyroid and hypoglycemia. Dad has diabetes. Do i need it still?

Better bp: If you can sustain your healthful ways, you may be able to remain off lisinopril, unless there was a special indication, like proteinuria. Achieve ideal wt, dont smoke, minimize salt, eliminate saturated fats, be modest with meats, eat fruit, veggies, and whole grains, minimize caffeine, exercise daily, select foods rich in magnesium and potassium, avoid sugars, breads, pasta. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed hypothyroid but my glucose drops to 70-50mg. Have symptoms of hypoglycemia 2-3 hours after eating but my doc said my bloodsugar was ok?

Just diagnosed hypothyroid but my glucose drops to 70-50mg. Have symptoms of hypoglycemia 2-3 hours after eating but my doc said my bloodsugar was ok?

4 reactive hypoglyce: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read more

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Could people with hypothyroidism get type 1 diabetes or hypoglycaemia?

Could people with hypothyroidism get type 1 diabetes or hypoglycaemia?

Can be linked: Autoimmune thyroid iris and diabetes type 1 are known to be linked, and it is advised to check for TSH levels in a newly diagnosed diabetes patient. ...Read more

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What can cause hypothyroidism?

What can cause hypothyroidism?

Autoimmune, surgery: The most common cause is autoimmune thyroid disease, that is, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. Thyroid surgery can cause it too. So can radiation therapy to the neck. Meds like amiodarone and some chemo can, too. ...Read more

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What's the primary cause of hypothyroidism?

What's the primary cause of hypothyroidism?

Several: But the most common is thyroid inflammation which damages the thyroid's ability to make sufficient hormone. Luckily, it's easy to diagnose and treat with brand name T4 replacement and it's like you never had a problem in the first place. See your doctor. ...Read more