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Blood sugar problems are not the only thing Type I and Type II diabetes patients have in common. They also have a large lipid count, which is not okay as it is an indicator that they may have little amounts of T3 hormones. Several reasons could cause low T3, but fortunately taking T3 medication solves the deficiency. However, taking the medication addresses the deficiency without addressing the cause. Stress is the leading cause of low T3 as it causes the formation of reverse T3. The body makes adequate T3, but because of stress most of it is converted to reverse T3. Aside from T3 deficiency, stress may cause a deficiency in nutrients such as selenium and zinc.

Stress causes adrenal dysfunction. Adrenal dysfunction could occur separately or together with Hashimoto’s. A common symptom of both thyroid dysfunction and adrenal dysfunction is low body temperature. 90% of the people who seek the help of an endocrinologist have both adrenal dysfunction and Hashimoto’s. Sadly, most of these people are at an advanced phase of adrenal dysfunction. Controlling blood sugar can restore normal functioning of the adrenal glands.

Diabetes is closely connected with lipid abnormalities, increased triglycerides, and high cholesterol. So is the case with hypothyroidism. People with high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) need to do a thyroid check. The levels can be normalized by just taking thyroid medication.

Managing stress involves looking at life positively. The following techniques and approaches help manage stress. However, they do not yield results instantaneously due to the mental and emotional aspect of stress. Not all of these strategies will work for one individual. If some work, they should be made habits or part of one’s routine.

  1. Identifying activities and things that make a person happy
  2. Yoga
  3. Reading and writing
  4. Massage
  5. Resting
  6. Approved cardio exercises
  7. Pilates
  8. Focus on the present rather than the unpredictable future

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