I have Hypothyroidism should I monitor my glucose levels?

December 21st, 2009 by admin

Thyroid Guardian of Health

I have hypothyroidism, taking levothyroxine, and my doctor had me tested for diabetes. I haven’t got the results yet. I have a monitor, test strips, lancets (not given to me by my doctor, but some one in my family gave it to us for some reason not sure). It works perfectly. Would it be a goood idea to check my glucose levels every now and then?  Would it give me any idea wither I have diabetes? Is it good to know your glucose levels? How often should I check it?

It’s a good idea to check your glucose levels now and then if you are at risk for diabetes. Risk factors include being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and if there are any diabetic blood relatives. Since hypothyroidism slows the metabolism, I would think that might be a factor also.

Thyroid Guardian of Health

At any rate, fasting glucose levels should be between 80 and 110 mg/dl (4.4 – 6.1 mmol/l). Two hours after a meal, the glucose level should not exceed 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/l). Above 200 (11.1) is diabetic, and between 140 and 200 is prediabetic, borderline, impaired glucose tolerance… there are many names for it, but suffice to say, anything over 140 means you’re on your way toward becoming diabetic. To satisfy curiosity, you could check a couple of times a day for a week. If your numbers fall within the normal range, you can probably put the meter away. Then, bring it out maybe once every six months, or so.

Thyroid Guardian of Health

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