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Lynn asked...

For some years I have put my tiredness down to my under active thyroid. However, my last blood test suggested they lower my dose from 75 to 25. I had a high glucose count after the fasting blood test and have to do a re blood test in 3 months.

This is the first time I have ever had a fasting blood test for glucose. I am 59 year old female, only 5ft tall and have struggled with my weight for years. I currently weigh 8 st 9lb. My diet is mainly grilled chicken or fish with salad or steamed vegetables. My vice is the odd glass of wine, maybe 2 glasses a week on average. Sometimes none, sometimes 3/4 on special occasions. I have never smoked. I lost my husband a year ago and my parents 2 years before that, so I would say that my stress levels are like most people my age.

Could I be diabetic and could this have always been the case rather than thyroid? I a constantly thirsty, have dry skin, feel the cold, always tired which indicates thyroid? I would dearly like to get to the bottom of this.

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The Answer

Tiredness can be caused by many things, sometimes medical (e.g. hypothyroidism) and sometimes psychological (e.g. depression). Your thyroid levels should be controlled on thyroxine, so that is unlikely to be the cause as long as you take your doctor's advice about the dose and monitoring.

You already live a very healthy lifestyle, and that is an excellent way of preventing you from developing diabetes in the future. You should talk to your doctor some more about your tiredness and thirst symptoms. They will be able to check for other serious causes (if they have not done so already) such as iron deficiency and renal disease, and explore your symptoms further.

Answered by Emmajane down.


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