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Thyroid disease in preexisting diabetic pregnancy

During pregnancy, thyroid levels are altered by several mechanisms hCG stimulation of the TSH receptor increases the free T4 during early pregnancy, and increased thyroid-binding globulin related to estrogen stimulation later in pregnancy results in lowering of free T4. Currently, there is not a consensus regarding routine screening of TSH during pregnancy. However, 10-12 of women of reproductive age have thyroid antibodies (123). Prepregnancy screening of women with DM1 or DM2 seems warranted since early treatment may improve pregnancy outcome. For women with preexisting hypothyroidism, levothyroxine dose should be titrated every 4-6 weeks to target TSH not higher than 2.5 microunits mL preconception and in the first trimester and 3.0 microunits mL in the second and third trimesters (124).

Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

Thyroid disorders based on autoimmunity such as hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) occur more frequently in people with T1DM. Both conditions are the result of autoimmune thyroiditis, which is usually missed because it causes no symptoms most of the time. In a study of 58 people enrolled in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trials published in Diabetes Care in April 2003, 18 patients had hypothyroidism and one had hyperthyroidism. When symptoms are present, they alter metabolism. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism affect diabetic control, and it's important to diagnose them by doing thyroid blood tests. Treatment for hypothyroidism is replacement of thyroid hormone. Treatment of hyperthyroidism is with antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, or surgery. The symptoms of the more common hypothy-roidism are weight gain, slowness, dry skin, brittle nails, tiredness, and intolerance to cold. With hyperthyroidism, you get weight loss,...

Thyroid Disease in Type Children

Because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease (see Chapter 2), it is not surprising that children with type 1 have other autoimmune diseases more commonly than unaffected children. The disease that is found most commonly in association with type 1 diabetes is autoimmune thyroiditis. This condition is discovered by obtaining a blood test that shows an abnormal increase in proteins in the blood called thyroid autoantibodies. In a study of 58 patients with type 1 diabetes (Diabetes Care, April 2003), 19 were found to have autoimmune thyroiditis. Autoimmune thyroiditis usually results in no symptoms, but occasionally it causes low thyroid function (hypothyroidism), and even more rarely it causes high thyroid function (hyperthyroidism). Autoimmune thyroiditis is found mostly in girls between 10 and 20 years of age. This condition is easily treated, as I explain in my book Thyroid For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley). Autoimmune thyroiditis is so common in type 1 diabetes that type 1...

Screening For Thyroid Disease

People with type 1 diabetes are at higher risk for autoimmune thyroid disease most frequently the thyroid is underactive (Hashimoto's thyroiditis), but it can also sometimes be overactive (Graves' disease). Your doctor will check you for thyroid disease when you are first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and then every one to two years. Thyroid abnormalities also increase with age, and your doctor therefore may do thyroid tests periodically even if you have type 2 diabetes. Check you for thyroid problems

Thyroid

Thyroid function tests including serum levels of thyroxine (T4), free T4, and TSH levels are normal in obese individuals, but serum concentrations of triio-dothyronine (T3) are elevated, likely due to increased peripheral conversion of T4 to T3 (338). Furthermore, TSH response to TRH stimulation has been reported to be variable (65,338). The blunted TSH response to TRH stimulation in obesity is believed to be due to increased somatostatinonergic tone because soma-tostatin inhibition by pyridostigmine pretreatment significantly enhances the TSH response in obese adults but not in obese children (339). Hypothyroid-ism is not a common cause of obesity. However it has long been shown that excessive weight gain, secondary to an underactive thyroid gland, is due to a combination of decreased metabolic rate and enhanced fluid retention (340). In children, hypothyr-oidism is associated with poor linear growth. Therefore, a normally growing overweight child is not likely to be hypothyroid.

Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid hormones have variable effects on glucose homeostasis. In hyperthyroid patients, a correlation between plasma levels of triiodothyronine and glycosylated hemoglobin has been found (66). Hyperthyroidism of any etiology in acute phase is associated with glucose intolerance (67,68). The exact mechanisms by which thyroid hormones induce glucose intolerance are controversial. Possible mechanisms include increase in hepatic glucose production (69) and depletion of insulin secretory capacity of beta cells (70,71).

Thyroid functions

Increased and decreased thyroid function affect metabolism, and diseases that result in abnormal thyroid function are generally autoimmune, similar to T1DM. For these reasons it's important to verify that thyroid function is normal in your child with type 1 diabetes. Too much thyroid hormone leads to insulin resistance, making diabetes worse. Too little thyroid hormone increases insulin sensitivity, so people with low thyroid function have reduced levels of blood glucose. All children born in the United States are tested at birth with a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test because low thyroid function during development of the brain may lead to reduced intelligence. The TSH is the most sensitive test of thyroid function. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. When the thyroid gland makes the right amount of thyroid hormone, the pituitary produces the right amount of TSH to keep it working properly. The normal TSH level in the blood is 0.5 to 2.5 microunits per...

Microorganisms Strongly Associated With Infections In Patients With Diabetes

Patients with diabetes sem to be at a disproportionately high risk for infections with certain micro-organisms. The prevalence of diabetes was reported to be 27.5 in one study of nonpreganant adults with group B streptococcal bacteremia (69). Several series report an incidence of underlying diabetes of up to 30-60 in patients with a variety of Klebsiella infections such as bacteremia, liver abscess, thyroid abscess, and endophthalmitis (70-73). Among enteric pathogens, Campylobacter and Salmonella enteritidis have been reported with increased frequency in patients with diabetes (74,75). There is a strong association of diabetes with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) (76). Additionally, patients with HCV-related cirrhosis have an increased incidence of diabetes compared to patients with cirrhosis resulting from other causes (77,78). Although an increased incidence of staphylococcal infections has been noted in diabetic patients, a careful recent review did not confirm this association...

Causes of Type Diabetes

Insulin is produced by the beta cells in the pancreas. In people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly destroys these cells. The body responds to the beta cells as if they were foreign invaders. This is called an autoimmune response. Autoimmune responses also occur in other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and thyroid diseases such as hypothy-roidism (Hashimoto's disease) and hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease). Researchers do not know exactly why this happens. But for diabetes, researchers have found many factors that appear to be linked to type 1 diabetes. These include genetics, autoantibodies, viruses, cow's milk, and oxygen free radicals.

Transplantation Of Kidney And Pancreas Case Study

A 28 year old woman with Type 1 DM since the age of nine visits the outpatient Diabetes Clinic for follow-up. Her weight is 62 kg (136.7 lb) and height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in). On physical examination she looks pale and oedematous. The thyroid gland is palpable. The heart sounds are normal, and an apical holosystolic murmur is heard (II VI). The subcostal organs are not palpable. The Achilles and patellar reflexes were not produced and there was ankle oedema. There is no superficial or deep sensory neurologic disturbances. Fundoscopy reveals background diabetic retinopathy. The patient receives six units of intermediate-acting insulin every morning and 2-8 units of very-rapid-acting insulin analogue before meals, depending on the measurements of the blood glucose. She has nephrotic syndrome, diagnosed eight years ago, and receives treatment with felodipine, furosemide, perindopril, aluminum hydroxide (AluCap), calcium carbonate-glycine (Titralac) and erythropoietin 2,000 IU, three times...

Do not take Lugols iodine if you know you are allergic to iodine It could be fatal

Naturally, one would not leave such medicine within the reach of children. Also, one would not use anything medicinal, including Lugol's unless there were a need, like cancer, AIDS, or bowel disease. When the gas and bloating problem has stopped, stop using Lugol's. If one or two doses of Lugol's cures the problem, stop. Store it in a perfectly secure place. In the past, 2 3 of a teaspoon (60 drops) of Lugol's was the standard dose of iodine given to persons with thyroid disease. Six drops is small by comparison.

Counseling and Preconception Care Recommendations to Reduce Maternal and Fetal Risks of Preexisting Diabetes What Are

Thyroid Disease Does My Thyroid Disease Affect My Pregnancy Thyroid disease is a common problem for women with both DM1 and DM2. All women with diabetes should be screened with a TSH for thyroid abnormalities in the preconception period. Women with hypothyroidism on stable replacement hormone doses should be advised to increase their thyroid hormone dose by 30 once pregnancy is confirmed (62). It is beyond the scope of this chapter to discuss the management of hyper or hypothyroidism in detail. Recommendations. All women with diabetes should be screened with a TSH for thyroid dysfunction in the preconception period.

Repercussions of DM in sexual life

In the context of investigating erectile dysfunction, apart from the classical routine tests, serum testosterone is often also ordered. If total testosterone is 300 ng dl, a second sample should be drawn between 7 and 10 a.m. in order to determine total testosterone, LH (luteinizing hormone) and prolactin levels. Measurement of free testosterone is performed when the levels of total testosterone are marginal and when there is indication for decreased levels of SHBG. If LH levels are low or normal with levels of testosterone 200 ng dl, or if hyperprolactinaemia or abnormal thyroid function are present, the patient should be referred to a specialist.

Maternal Complications

Women with type 1 diabetes mellitus have a relatively high risk of developing diabetic complications before pregnancy because the onset of the disease occurred at a young age (18). Complications include retinopathy, nephropathy, hypertension, impaired thyroid function, neuropathy, and atherosclerosis, in rare cases. In addition, hyperglycemia in the mother may lead to maternal complications, such as polyhydram-nios, urinary tract infections, candidal vaginitis, recurrent spontaneous abortions, and infertility. Because these concomitant diseases affect growth and development of the fetus, it is all the more important to treat and control them. They can be minimized and prevented by tight glycemic control, maintaining HbAlc measurements under 5 in pregnant women. HbAlc values are generally lower in pregnancy because of active hemopoiesis and hemodilution from an expanded blood volume. Eye examination Kidney function Thyroid function HbAlc Thyroid Disease Thyroid disease is autoimmune...

Handling the Physical and Emotional Consequences of Type Diabetes

Not only does T1DM have short- and long-term physical consequences, but as an autoimmune disease, T1DM also is associated with other autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract thyroid disease and skin diseases. Chapter 5 explains the importance of checking for those diseases and correcting them, if present.

Examining diabetes caused by destructive diseases of the pancreas

The occurrence of hyperthyroidism or hypothy-roidism (insufficient thyroid hormone) along with T1DM is greater than expected by chance. Many autoimmune diseases occur together in the same person. In particular, celiac disease (intolerance to gluten in wheat and other grains) is found in up to 5

Discovering drugs and chemicals that may cause or Worsen diabetes

There's a long list of drugs and chemicals that may cause diabetes or bring out latent diabetes in a number of different ways. Two of these chemicals are cortisol, which I cover in the earlier section on Cushing's syndrome, and thyroid hormone, which I mention in the earlier section on other hormone-induced causes of diabetes.

The Inflammation Syndrome Connection

Increases in body fat are often associated with disturbed hormone levels such as elevated cortisol and insulin and decreased thyroid hormones. Sometimes figuring out which came first is like the chicken-or-the-egg story. However, being overweight leads to hormonal shifts that make it easy to gain still more weight. Because of their cell-regulating actions, it is very likely that weight-promoting hormones increase the activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Seafood recommendations during pregnancy

Current thought is that the nutritional benefits of fish far outweigh the risks. Deficiencies of long chain omega 3s are common while toxicity from methyl mercury is very rare. Oily ocean fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are lean proteins that meet the needs of DHA and EPA in pregnancy. They also contain vitamins B, D, zinc, iodine, and selenium, which are all important in pregnancy. Selenium is needed for thyroid function and may counteract the effects of methyl mercury (20).

Plausible Genetic Contribution to Prenatal Androgenization

Human SHBG is a homodimeric glycoprotein produced in the liver as well as the placenta and gonadal tissues, and is encoded by a 4-kb gene spanning eight exons on the short arm of chromosome 17 (95). The hepatic synthesis of SHBG is upregulated by estrogens and thyroid hormones and down-regulated by androgens as well as insulin and nutritional factors, and plays an important role in the control of sex steroid bioavailability to target tissues, as already mentioned (96).

First Trimester Weeks

The first prenatal visit may be the first time a patient with diabetes is seen. Ideally baseline evaluation and education take place before preconception as outlined in Chap. 15, but in many cases, pregnancies are unplanned. In the case of the unplanned pregnancy, this evaluation and education should take place as soon as the pregnancy is diagnosed. For patients who have had the benefit of preconception care, the first prenatal visit is usually scheduled between 6 and 8 weeks of gestation. This first visit should include a comprehensive medical assessment, including an assessment of the patient's diabetes control, renal, cardiac, thyroid, and ophthalmologic status, and counseling about diabetes management during pregnancy. A second visit in a short time frame may help prevent the patient from being overwhelmed as well as accomplish all these goals. A visit for the gravid patient who has not had preconception counseling or who may not be under excellent glycemic control is scheduled as...

Insulin Resistance and Cancer

The cycle of inflammatory chemistry that is activated through chronic stress and cortisol release, leaky gut, environmental stressors (such as chemical preservatives, plastics, and heavy metals), obesity, thyroid dysfunction, and immune system imbalances causes chronic imbalances in blood glucose homeostatis, eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. This progression to diabetes and its metabolic consequences has also been linked in clinical studies with the development of cancer 7, 8 . Researchers have known for decades that cancer cells consume more glucose than normal cells. All cells use both oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis pathways for energy (ATP) but rely overwhelmingly on oxidative phosphorylation, switching to glycolysis at times of oxygen deprivation. Cancer cells, however, have been reported to exhibit increased glycol-ysis due in part to mitochondrial respiration injury and hypoxia. A shift in energy production from oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis - the...

Female Sexual Dysfunction

There is evidence to suggest that in men with diabetes, sexual dysfunction is related to somatic and psychological factors, whereas in women with diabetes, psychological factors are more predominant (153). The effect of diabetes on women's sexual function is complex the most consistent finding is a correlation between sexual dysfunction and depression. More research on the sexual effects of abnormal adrenal and thyroid function, hyperprolactinemia, and metabolic syndrome in women should be prioritized (157). Solid data are available on local management of the genital consequences of estrogen lack, but there is need to better understand the potential role of systemic estrogen supplementation from menopause onwards in sexually symptomatic women.

Overview of Diabetes Management Combined Treatment and Therapeutic Additions

It is defined as a persistent hyperglycemia in spite of maximal doses of drug after an initial successful response for at least 6 months, and may occur in about 5-10 of type 2 diabetic patients, although this percentage varies with the populations studied. The majority of secondary failures occurs during the first 3 years of oral therapy. Most likely, secondary failure is caused by increased insulin resistance consequent to increased dietary intake and body weight, or to intercurrent illness and, usually, the correction of these causes restores sulfonylurea responsiveness. In other instances, a further deterioration of P-cell function may be the responsible factor (as revealed by decreased C-peptide response to intravenous glucagon). It is noteworthy that about 33 of the diabetic patients with sulfonylurea failure show islet cell antibodies (ICA or GAD antibodies), or multiple autoantibodies (islet cell, thyroid antimicrosomal, gastric parietal cell,...

Testing For Autoimmune Diseases

I mentioned in Chapter 3 that people with type 1 diabetes are at risk for other autoimmune diseases, especially thyroid disease and celiac disease. When your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he should also be screened for autoimmune thyroid disease. His doctor will do these thyroid tests at intervals or if there is a problem with your child's growth, because low thyroid hormone levels can slow down growth.

My sister with diabetes had a baby and it nearly killed her Its just not a safe thing to do

Before becoming pregnant, you need a thorough physical exam. Any problems that could jeopardize your health or that of your baby will be assessed. These problems include high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney, nerve, and eye damage. If you have any of these complications, they need to be treated before you try to conceive. Even kidney transplant recipients who are otherwise healthy have had babies. Your A1C level will be measured, as well as your thyroid function, if you have type 1 diabetes. In addition, your exam will include a review of all the medications, herbs, and supplements you are taking to make sure they are compatible with a safe pregnancy.

Clinical Approach To Complaints Of Cognitive Dysfunction In Diabetic Patients

Assessment of the impact of changes in cognition on day-to-day functioning (for example problems with such activities as cooking, shopping, managing ones financial affairs, progressive dependence on spouse, social withdrawal, problems with self care, and medication use). Helpful screening lists have been developed to this end (105). Information on the presence of other diabetic complications and vascular risk factors, including blood pressure, is required. Prescription and nonprescription drugs, in particular analgesic, anticholinergic, antihypertensive, psychotropic, and sedative-hypnotic agents, should be reviewed carefully as potential causes of cognitive impairment. Alcohol use should be assessed. Laboratory tests can include a blood count, tests of liver, kidney and thyroid function, vitamin B12 levels, HbA1, and blood lipids. Brain imaging can be used to detect structural lesions (for example, infarction, neoplasm, sub-dural haematoma, and hydrocephalus), but can also contribute...

Nutritional Considerations

Quently thought to be hypometabolic and are often treated with thyroid or other hormones to facilitate weight loss. This is neither safe nor necessary moreover, the observed minus the total predicted energy expenditure varies in relation to weight progression (368). Patients who gain weight increase their metabolic rate whereas those who are on diets and are losing weight may reduce their energy expenditure by 10 to 20 . Thus the results of dietary efforts can only be successful if the reduced intakes are accompanied by increased energy expenditures to overcome the metabolic adaptations that occur with dieting.

Molecular Control Of Replication In The Pcell

Understandably, therefore, loss of Rb results in activation of the cell cycle in many cell types, and homozygous loss at this locus in humans is associated with familial retinoblastoma. Homozygous loss of Rb in knockout mice is lethal early in embryonic life. Hemizygous Rb loss in mice is associated with an increase in the frequency of pituitary and thyroid tumors (14,15). Phosphorylation of Rb by the cyclin D1-cdk4 complex causes dissociation of Rb from the E2F family of generalized tran-scriptional activators, thereby allowing progression of the cell cycle in essentially all cell types. Upregulation of the activity of the cyclin D1-cdk4 complex may result from upregulation of either of these proteins or an increase of their enzymatic activity. The apparent specificity of this pathway in P-cells begins to be highlighted by the observation that mice that are homozygously null for p53 and also heterozygously null for Rb (Rb-null homozygotes are nonviable) develop a very...

Hypoglycaemic stimuli for research Insulin tolerance test

Prior to performing an insulin tolerance test, it is important to rule out complete deficiency of counterrgulatory hormones and establish cardiovascular status. A 9 am cortisol, baseline thyroid function and ECG should be checked as being normal before proceeding. In its simplest form, the insulin tolerance test comprises intravenous injection of soluble insulin

Nutrient Intervention

Visceral fat weight accumulation, improving sleep patterns, eating a proper diet, decreasing environmental stressors, balancing immunity, decreasing Candida overgrowth, balancing adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones, and exercising regularly can reduce and even reverse the metabolic spiral to a state of chronic blood sugar imbalances. Although the nutrigemonics and nutrigenetics of each individual can vary, this chapter has included some of the most common nutrients that have been reported to help decrease inflammatory signaling, decrease oxidation, balance neuroendocrine-immune signaling pathways, and help maintain blood sugar homeostasis and reduce the Warburg effect in cancer metabolism.

Mutations in Transcription Factor Genes and MODY

MODYl is much less prevalent than MODY2 and MODY3, and only a few kindred other than the large American RW family were found to carry HNF-4a mutations (17,57-59). HNF4-a is a member of the steroid thyroid hormone receptor superfamily and upstream regulator of HNF-la expression. Interestingly, it was demonstrated that long-chain fatty acids directly modulate the transcriptional activity of HNF-4a by binding as acyl-CoA thioesters to the ligand-binding domain of HNF-4a (60). This binding results in the activation or the inhibition of HNF-4a transcrip-tional activity as a function of chain length and the degree of saturation of the fatty acyl-CoA ligand (60). This observation contributes important data to the understanding of the role of dietary fats in the control of insulin secretion. Here again, the target genes of HNF-4a associated with beta-cell defect are not clearly determined (6l).

Autoimmunity In Type Diabetes

Diseases such as thyroid autoimmunity. Autopsy studies showed that lymphocytic infiltration was evident in the pancreatic islets of patients with type 1 diabetes.9 The concept of type 1 diabetes as an autoimmune disease emerged in the mid-1970s with the identification of islet cell antibodies (ICA) in 1974 by Botazzo et al10 and Nerup et al,11 establishing HLA associations for genetic susceptibility to the disease.

The Diabetologist or Endocrinologist Your Technical Consultant

An endocrinologist should have the most in-depth knowledge of the management of diabetes. She has had advanced training for several years (on top of the years of training in general internal medicine) and devotes his or her practice to taking care of people with diabetes, plus patients with problems of the thyroid, adrenals, or other glands. A diabetologist is an endocrinologist who takes care of only diabetic patients.

Recent Developments

1 The association of coeliac disease and diabetes, as well as their common genetic predisposition, has long been recognized. Several important epidemiological studies have appeared recently. If a temporal relationship between the appearances of the two diseases could be established, a firmer opinion about screening might emerge. Recent evidence is conflicting, with a French study5 suggesting that coeliac disease generally preceded the diagnosis of diabetes, while in a large Italian series6 the reverse seemed to hold true. The latter study also suggested that female gender, the presence of thyroid autoimmunity and earlier age of diabetes onset were all associated with increased risk of coeliac disease. Adults with type 1 diabetes have a lower prevalence of undiagnosed coeliac disease than do children, amounting to around 2.5 .7

Chronic Heart Failure

A low-salt diet (usually 2 g) with carbohydrate content tailored to the severity of diabetes is appropriate. It is rarely necessary to restrict salt to such a degree that the patient's diet is unpalatable nor is it ordinarily necessary to restrict water intake. Unless there is active and potentially dangerous demand ischemia or exercise-induced arrhythmias, physical activity need not be curtailed other than as dictated by symptoms. Indeed, regular aerobic exercise should be encouraged, and organized exercise conditioning programs may be beneficial. Such programs have not been convincingly shown to enhance cardiac function, but they increase exercise tolerance and have been reported to improve endothelial function. In diabetic patients, they offer the additional benefits of weight loss and enhanced control of blood glucose. Of course, smoking cessation is imperative. Smoking has specific, deleterious effects in heart failure because of vasoconstriction and reduced oxygen-carrying...

Checking the TSH

Because there is a higher incidence of thyroid disease among people with diabetes and because thyroid disease is often confused with other conditions, a screening test called the thyroid stimulating hormone level is done at the time that diabetes is diagnosed and every five years thereafter if it is normal. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. When the thyroid gland makes the right amount of thyroid hormone, the pituitary produces the right amount of TSH to keep it working properly. The normal level in the blood is 0.5-2.5 microunits per milliliter (mU ml). When the thyroid makes inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone, the pituitary increases its production of TSH to stimulate the thyroid and values of 10 or more mU ml are not uncommon. When the thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone, it causes the pituitary to turn down its production of TSH and values less than 0.5 mU ml are found. Too much thyroid hormone leads to insulin resistance, making diabetes worse than...

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Neil Youngblood, 53, was so fatigued, he had to brace himself even while sitting. A blood thyroxin level (T4) of 1.0 instead of the normal 7.5 mcg DL explained his fatigue. He had a mouthful of assorted dental metals which were accumulating in the thyroid, inviting viruses, particularly CMV, into it. He had to be on four grains of thyroid to feel near normal. After he had all his tooth metal removed, he only needed one grain to feel O.K. This encouraged him to clean up more of his body.

The Meglitinides

The hypoglycemic action of the glinides can be potentiated by nonselective P-blockers, salicylates, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, whereas steroids, thyroid hormones, sympathomimetic agents, and thiazide diuretics may reduce the effects of the glinides.

Genetic Risk

Much more common associations with type 1A diabetes include celiac disease (25-27), thyroid autoimmunity, Addison's disease (often as part of APS-II) (28), myasthenia gravis, and pernicious anemia. For example, 1 20 children with type 1A diabetes have celiac disease. Approximately 1 10 express antitransglutaminase autoantibodies, and half of these (thus, 1 20) have celiac disease on biopsy (27,29). Most of these children are asymptomatic. In addition, relatives of patients with type 1A diabetes also have an increased frequency of nondiagnosed celiac disease (27). Thyroid autoimmunity is usually screened for with determination of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Addison's disease probably occurs in approx 1 200 individuals with type 1A diabetes compared to 1 20,000 in the general population. The presence of 21-hydroxylase autoantibodies suggests the need for prospective evaluation of adrenal function (28,30).

Immunology

Most of the autoimmune endocrine disorders appear initially as infiltration of the gland by lymphocytes and macrophages. This may lead to destruction and atrophy of the gland with deficiency of its hormone. Sometimes, it halts or even reverses at a stage of relative hypofunction. This has been documented for thyroiditis (5) and adrenalitis (6), and may be true for insulitis (7,8). The destructive process is presumed to be T-cell mediated. Commonly, antibodies to certain antigens of the gland appear in blood, most frequently antibodies against intracellular enzymes. The role of such autoantibodies Exceptions to this uncertainty of antibody role are some antibodies against membrane receptors, like the a-chain of the acetylcholine receptor in myasthenia gravis and the thyrotropin receptor in AITD. Antibodies to thyrotropin receptor can act as either agonists causing Graves' hyperthyroidism or blockers causing hypothyroidism. The net effect depends on their relative activities. Other...

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Specific concerns in the first trimester include an increased risk of miscarriage and careful evaluation of the maternal risks specific to the patient's cardiovascular, renal, thyroid, and ophthalmologic status. In the early second trimester, fetal testing for congenital birth defects and other diagnostic procedures are recommended. This trimester is complicated by increasing insulin requirements that usually continue into the third trimester. In late pregnancy, concern shifts to fetal size, preeclampsia, stillbirth, and deciding delivery timing and route. Labor and delivery is a unique time for the gravid woman with diabetes, as there are specific challenges with changing insulin requirements related to labor, mode of delivery, and type of diabetes. This chapter will give a brief overview of the use of insulin during pregnancy, intrapartum as well as postpartum, but please refer to Chap. 17 for a more complete discussion. Postpartum concerns in women with diabetes include an...

About This Book

A characteristic of the For Dummies series is the use of humor. Readers of my previous books, Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, Thyroid For Dummies, and High Blood Pressure For Dummies, know that I use humor to get my point across. You may think that there's nothing funny about diabetes, and you'd be wrong. Many patients have sent me humorous stories about their experiences, which I've included in previous books. If you have a funny experience associated with your diabetes, please e-mail it to me at diabetes drrubin.com.

Outpatient Care

Once stabilized, regular follow-up visits on a two- to three-monthly basis are recommended for most patients (21). The main purpose of these visits is to ensure that the patient is achieving primary treatment goals. In addition to serial measurements of height and weight, particular attention should be paid to monitoring of blood pressure and examinations of the optic fundus, thyroid, and subcutaneous injection sites. Routine outpatient visits provide an opportunity to review glucose monitoring, to adjust the

Clinical Picture

Autoimmune thyroid disease, total 66 Hashimoto's thyroiditis 33 Diabetes appears to be the most prevalent of the single-component diseases (see Table 3). Graves' and Hashimoto's diseases are equally common, and the joint prevalence of thyroid disease exceeds the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetes was significantly more common in males and thyroid disease in females. The mean age of manifestation was 27 yr for diabetes and between 36 and 40 yr for the other components (see Fig. 4). Diabetes was also the first component to appear in 48 of the individual patients, followed by 19 for Graves' disease, 17 for Hashimoto's disease, and 15 for adrenocortical insufficiency. Only diabetes showed a gender difference with respect to the order of appearance it was the first in 65 of the males, in contrast to 43 of the females. Of combinations of the component diseases, diabetes with thyroid disease was the most common, occurring in 33 . The second, diabetes with adrenal insufficiency, made up 15 ,...

Fatigue

The adrenals (the outer layer called the cortex) help to regulate the blood sugar in a complex way. Some adrenal factors influence the thyroid which is another energy-related organ. Both adrenals and thyroid have toxic buildups in fatigue cases Their work is hampered. Your first step toward curing your fatigue syndrome is to kill the pancreatic fluke and all other living invaders of the pancreas, liver, adrenals and thyroid. Use a zapper. Drink milk or June Timony, age 38, was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), EBV and Candida around 1 years ago by her family doctor. She also had a thyroid problem and a high estrogen level (165 pg ml). She had severe depression at times. Our test showed her body was full of bismuth (fragrance) and silver (tooth fillings) especially in the ovaries. She cleansed her kidneys and killed parasites but could not make up her mind to do the expensive dental work.

Psoriasis Eczema

Royce Hamilton, 17, had acne so dense on his face there was no good spot the size of a dime anywhere. He had it about one year. His urinalysis showed amorphous crystals (stones of all kinds) and a trace of protein. He had Trichinella worms throughout his organs. He was very fatigued. He was started on kidney herbs so there would be good excretion after killing the Trichinella. His thyroid and kidneys were full of zirconium and titanium from all the lotions he used for his skin. He didn't need deodorant. Evidently even his armpit bacteria had been affected. It took four months to clear his Trichinella although there were no young children or pets in the house. His face was beginning to heal, but three months later he had a recurrence, although his parent was not a carrier. After this, he cleared it up again and his face looked as beautiful as a child's.

Clinical assessment

Clinical assessment of new overweight diabetics need not be arduous. After diagnosis, it is essential, if not already done, to measure the patient's weight and height to calculate body mass index (BMI weight (kg) height (m2)). Waist circumference is also a valuable indicator of excess body fat and is independent of height. Measured just below the umbilicus, a reading of 102 cm or above in males, and 90 cm or above in females (Guidelines on the Management of Adult Obesity, 2000), equates to similar levels of adiposity and increased risk of co-morbities as a BMI of 30+ (see table below). Electronic body fat monitors, often incorporated into weighing scales, provide a useful indication of body fat mass percentage providing yet another baseline measurement to monitor progress during a weight loss programme. Such equipment is no longer prohibitively expensive and can be easily acquired. Urinalysis, for proteinuria, and successive blood pressure readings are, of course, mandatory and easily...

Weight Problems

In obese women, the ovaries, pancreas and thyroid are all involved. Perhaps the adrenals, the brain satiety center, and the liver are also involved. Maybe it's as simple as gold accumulation in all these places. Perhaps it is bacteria in all these places. When you weigh close to 300 pounds obviously some organ isn't working right. Try several things, but not a starvation diet. Raising thyroid levels helps but this can be dangerous. Raising thyroid levels naturally, by removing toxins is a very effective method provided it was low to begin with. Overweight people often have a low body temperature, showing that the thyroid is involved it is under producing. But giving the body extra thyroid doesn't solve the thyroid's problem. It only temporarily solves the rest of the body's problem. The thyroid will have viruses and heavy metals in it. The metal in your mouth drains downward to the stomach passing very close to the thyroid. Perhaps its iodine uptake is inhibited. The chlorine in water...

With Type Diabetes

Of note was the finding of low triiodothyronine thyroxine (T3 T4) levels during both the midfollicu-lar and the midluteal phase in DM1 patients (85). In addition, we found that the worse the glycaemic control, the more compromised the thyroid function. During the midfollicular phase, free triiodothyro-nine (fT3) was positively associated to sexual desire, lubrication, and sexual satisfaction. A higher rate of mood deflection was also related to lower values of fT3. We also found a significant association between fT3 and the FSFI full scale as well as the arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and sexual satisfaction domains during the midluteal phase. The fT3 plasma levels were also positively correlated with arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction in controls.

Problem

Ir n I The parent of a 4-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes consults you wanting to know if there U H is anything he can do to prevent a future child developing the condition. He already has an 8-year-old daughter with diabetes and there is a strong family history of autoimmune thyroid disease on both his and his wife's side of the family. They are contemplating having a third child.

Genetic Syndromes

Are thought to be responsible for this syndrome, which is found in greatest frequency among Iranian Jews, Sardinians, and Finns (55). Although T1DM is relatively uncommon in APS Typel (approximately 1 of affected probands), a publication on a series of Finnish patients with APECED reported a 12-fold higher prevalence of diabetes compared to the general population (56). The association between diabetes and both autoimmune adrenal insufficiency and thyroiditis is considerably greater in patients with APS type 2, also known as Schmidt syndrome (57), or Carpenter syndrome, so called when all the three conditions are present (58). Autoimmune diabetes is present in 20 to 50 of subjects with the APS type 2, and usually presents at an earlier age than either Addison's disease or thyroid disorders (59,60). As with classical type 1A diabetes, and similar to what is seen in other isolated autoimmune disorders, there is clear evidence of both humoral and cellular autoimmunity as manifested by the...

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