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Tips for Managing Hashimoto's & Diabetes


Hashimoto's thyroiditis and diabetes are two different conditions, but they can co-exist in the same patient. Managing both conditions together can be difficult, but patients must work closely with their healthcare team to ensure they receive appropriate treatment. This document provides guidelines for managing Hashimoto's thyroiditis and diabetes, including information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management strategies.

Symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Diabetes

Common symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, difficulty losing weight, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, thinning hair, increased thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, and slow-healing wounds[1][3].

General Guidelines for Managing Both Conditions

  • Maintain a healthy weight[2].
  • Follow a balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage stress.
  • Get sufficient sleep.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider.

Diet Tips

  • Include high-fibre foods, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats[2].
  • Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates[2].
  • Consider dietary supplements such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Vitamin D, and Chromium[11].

Exercise Tips

  • Engage in resistance training, yoga, and walking[2].
  • Work with a healthcare team to develop an appropriate exercise plan.

Monitoring and Check-ups

  • Regularly monitor blood sugar levels, thyroid hormone levels, and weight[2].
  • Visit healthcare providers for check-ups and adjustments to treatment plans.

Causes of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Diabetes

  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and an underactive thyroid[1].
  • Genetic or lifestyle factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet can cause diabetes[4].

Genetic Testing

  • Provides insight into potential risks for certain health conditions.
  • One should rely on more than just them to make medical decisions.

Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider

  • What type of diabetes do I have?
  • What medications do I need to take, and how often?
  • What should I eat to help manage my diabetes?
  • How often do I need to monitor my blood sugar levels?
  • What symptoms should I be aware of that may require medical attention?


Managing both Hashimoto's thyroiditis and diabetes can be challenging, but with consistent effort and adherence to a healthy lifestyle, living well with both conditions is possible. Work closely with a healthcare team to develop a personalised treatment plan and to ensure appropriate care for both conditions.