Are you having a hard time with blood sugar control? Check your body temperature.
Research shows that people with type 2 diabetes are more likely than normal to also have thyroid problems. People with low temperatures have a harder time controlling their blood sugar level, and are more likely to sustain collateral organ damage such as kidney failure. In fact, “Failure to recognize the presence of abnormal thyroid hormone levels may be a primary cause of poor management of diabetes mellitus type 2,” state one group of researchers.
Even if your test results show normal thyroid hormone blood levels, you can still have problems with low thyroid hormone activity (Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome). WTS can be due to thyroid hormone “resistance.” Just like insulin resistance, this is a problem with faulty receptor sites on the membranes of cells. Your thyroid is secreting enough T4, the inactive form of the hormone, but it is not getting into cells, where it is needed. Or, T4 may be getting inside cells, but once, there, not being converted to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. In either case, your blood tests may show normal levels of T4 and TSH, but you may still have problems related to low intracellular T3.
An easy way to find out if you have adequate T3 in your cells is by taking your body temperature. A consistently low body temperature, typically below 97.8, strongly suggests you have slow metabolism, which could be due to low T3. (For more on how to take your temperature accurately, see “How Are Body Temperatures Measured“.)
Slow metabolism and resulting low body temperature interfere with many biochemical reactions in the body, including proper glucose metabolism. You can be tired, hungry and have high blood sugar all at the same time!
People with low temperatures can often recover on their own when their bodies are given proper support such as proper diet, exercise, sleep, thyroid support herbs and adrenal support herbs. On the other hand, some people will need T3 therapy in order to normalize their low body temperatures. Your doctor can call us at 800.420.5801 to get more information about how to use T3 and to discuss your individual case. The object of T3 therapy is to normalize your oral body temperatures to average 98.6 during treatment. (See “How are body temperatures measured” for complete instructions.)
Correcting your body temperature may make it much easier to manage your blood sugar and avoid diabetes-related complications, and even help normalize it completely. Even people already taking T4 (Synthroid) may find that replacing the T4 with T3 may improve their health and well-being.
Rai S, Kumar J A, Shetty SK, et al. Thyroid Function In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and in Diabetic Nephropathy. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Aug;7(8):1583-1585. Epub 2013 Aug 1.