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Forum Name: Diabetes

Question: Can hypothyroidism cause diabetes?

 edwardianactress - Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:18 am

I am a 38 yr. old female whose mom had hypothyroid and a goiter. She has diabetes and low temperature. So do I. I suffer from hypothyroidism, lupus, fybromyalgia, MVP, heart murmer, pericardial effusion, and hypoglygemia. I have suffered from collapsing for years. The Drs have no diagnosis. Lately it has become really bad. On bad days I collapse alot. I do not lose conciousness. Lately I have been falling into a sleeplike state about 30 minutes after eating. I am awake and can hear everything but cannot move, open my eyes, or talk. It starts off with me getting really angry all of the sudden, then I have to lie down no matter if I am driving walking or what, I have to rest where ever I am, even if it means pulling the car over or laying on the ground. It has been lasting for about an hour. For 3 days my stools have been black and tarry. I do not know what to do. I am at my whits end. Between the collapsing and the sleeping while awake, I have become non functional. The only thing I can think of is that I have become diabetic?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:20 pm

User avatar Hi Edwardianactress,

Regarding the title of your post, hypothyroidism does not cause diabetes; however, both are usually caused by an autoimmune process and autoimmune illnesses often occur together.

Diabetes could explain your symptoms although it would be a little atypical presentation. Checking for this is definitely worthwhile.

I would also recommend you have your thyroid levels checked again to make sure they are still OK.

You may also want to see a neurologist for their perspective on things as well.

Follow up with your doctor is important.

Best wishes.

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