Did you know that if you are living with Type 1 Diabetes you might be at an increased risk of developing Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Sometimes referred to as “sister diseases,” these two autoimmune disorders often go hand in hand with symptoms of one masking as symptoms of the other. If you suffer from Type 1 diabetes, it is important to be aware of your thyroid health to avoid the thyroid damage brought on by Hashimoto’s disease and the resulting effect it may have on your diabetes condition.
Autoimmune Disorders: Hashimoto’s & Diabetes
An autoimmune disorder is a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack healthy cells. In patients with Type 1 diabetes, their immune system is attacking the necessary cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. These patients must carefully monitor their insulin level and control it with insulin injections.
Similarly, patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis are producing antibodies that are attacking the healthy thyroid cells, damaging the thyroid gland, and resulting in decreased thyroid function. Hashimoto’s eventually causes hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid hormone production) and sometimes goiter (an enlarged thyroid).
A patient with Type 1 diabetes and an untreated thyroid condition could end up having a hard time managing their blood sugar levels, which could lead to serious complications. And with symptoms such as weight gain being common for both conditions, it is often hard for a patient with one to realize they have the other, too.
Treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease
If you have Type 1 diabetes and develop Hashimoto’s disease it is important that you seek treatment right away to avoid complications. Oftentimes, hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s can be controlled through thyroid hormone replacement medication prescribed by your endocrinologist. If the Hashimoto’s disease leads to a large goiter, minimally invasive surgery may be a good option.
The thyroid experts at the Los Angeles Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence specialize in the minimally invasive treatment of thyroid conditions. A goiter that is resulting in discomfort, pain, or other symptoms can often be removed using cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques. If the goiter is too large for the minimally invasive procedure, a traditional thyroidectomy can be performed. Once the enlarged thyroid gland is removed, you will be placed on thyroid hormone replacement medication and should experience a great deal of relief from the symptoms of your thyroid condition.
For More Information, Call the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence
If you have Type 1 diabetes and are concerned you may also have a thyroid condition, contact a doctor immediately. It is important to be aware of the connection between these two diseases to catch and treat them both as early as possible. The Head & Neck surgeons at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles are available to answer any questions you may have about the treatment options for Hashimoto’s disease. Call us at (888) 817-1439 today to schedule a consultation.
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