From Rome, Georgia, USA:
My nine year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for two years, and today, we received the news that she has a thyroid problem which will require taking Synthyroid [a brand of synthetic thyroid hormone] once a day. Why is it common for people with diabetes to develop thyroid problems? Is it forever? Will the medicine have side effects? How will it help her?
When someone has an autoimmune disorder such as type 1A diabetes, they are prone to have other autoimmune disorders. About one in five people with diabetes also have thyroid disease. It, too, is autoimmune and will destroy the thyroid gland. Once diagnosed, treatment is needed for life. Untreated, hair falls out, skin gets dry, women stop menstruating, little girls won't develop. What we are doing is replacing a hormone that the body needs but can longer make, just like we replace missing insulin. So treat it.
Original posting 6 Feb 2002
Posted to Thyroid
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.