What is the connection between type 2 diabetes and thyroid?

I forgot to ask the doctor this. I notice on my lab requisition that the doctor has been checking my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) each time. I know the thyroid is part of the endocrine system like the pancreas. What is the connection to Type 2 Diabetes?


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  • Anu1210
    3 months ago

    Yes, i m diabetic and my tsh is 9.90

  • Margot moderator
    3 months ago

    Thanks for sharing @Anu1210 – thinking of you. Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team

  • Shelley, TheLongPointGirl moderator author
    9 months ago

    Hi Meryl! Happy New Year to you too! This article was really helpful. It explains everything and it makes sense now why the endo is monitoring. Thank you!!!!

  • Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC moderator
    9 months ago

    Awesome! I’m so glad you found the article helpful. Take care, Meryl

  • Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi Shelley,
    Happy New Year! Let me start off my saying…. I am not an expert in the area. With that being said, it is common for those with diabetes to also have thyroid disease. According to a 2013 article from the Journal of Diabetes Research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647563/, “Hyper- and hypothyroidism have been associated with insulin resistance which has been reported to be the major cause of impaired glucose metabolism in T2DM”. I hope you find the above article helpful/informative. Take care, Meryl Krochmal, RD CDE Community Moderator.

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