Underactive thyroid..hyperglycemia..

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emmalouise's picture
Underactive thyroid..hyperglycemia..

I dont know too much about them but i know that with an underctive thyroid your body cant burn fat as easily , I've noticed i put on weight very easily, and am low in energy even when i have slept and eaten properly.

Has anyone developed these illnesses as aresult of being bulimic?


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I have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but developed it way before my eating disorder, as a kid actually, which is pretty unusual as I was so young.. Anyway, putting on weight easily, low energy, lack of appetite, poor circulation (I looked very pale), depression..and there are loads more.. are all symptoms of this and their severity can vary. I'm not sure if bulimia can cause an underactive thyroid though. If you suspect you have one a simple blood test will verify it for you. In nearly all cases the prescription of levothyroxoine-just like a supplement for the thyroxine your body is failing to make, will reverse all symptoms in as little as a week. Undiagnosed hypothyroidism can be incredibly debilitating and the problem itself is very common, so yeah, I'd urge anyone who suspects there may be a problem to get it checked out.

EmmaLouise-your issues with low energy and putting on weight could also also be as a direct result of the bulimia. In the early stages of recovery I have found this. Weight could be due to metabolism being a little out of whack. Likewise for the energy thing, also I found my digestion was so crappy after eating I would feel so tired and drained resulting in serious lack of energy, as, after all, eating is what recovery prescribes! However, these problems will right themselves eventually. Oh, and I've found good pre/probiotics can really make a difference as not only do they help digestion but this is turn mkes you less sluggish from carrying round so much waste (sorry) and also as food is being aided in digestion more nutrients are being absorbed from what you've eaten so you feel more energy from this. Best of luck with this, keep fighting.

PhoenixRising's picture
Interesting you mentioned

Interesting you mentioned hyperglycemia.

I am sure I have some form of diabetes. If it is type 2 diabetes, it is from years of having anorexia and eating not enough fats and proteins with a very low fat, high carb diet.

If you do feel your hyperglycemic, please seek a professional. The longer you wait, the worse it becomes. I know mine is getting worse the longer I continue b/p. My blood sugar is out of control, to the point where I can't even eat an apple by itself without having to have some protein with it, otherwise my blood sugar sky rockets and I feel sick, and end up b/p because I feel so sick.

hyperglycemia/hypoglycemia don't help curbing bingeing at all. And the bingeing does not help either conditions either.

yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run.. there's still time to change the road your on..

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I have stopped purging

I have stopped purging completey and i'm determined this time that I am never going to again..and I have binged twice in the last 2 months,but i worry about the abuse i have put my body through over the years..i ate sooo much sugar always binged on really sugary foods and carbs. i worry that i may have messed up how my body processes sugar. i have gained a lot of weight since I've stopped b/ping and i know while this is to be expected I am eating an extremely balanced diet with gentle excercise.and still i am getting bigger. i just wonder if it could be one of these.

So to get tested for hypothyroidism is a blood test is it the same for hper/hypoglycemia..I hope to God it is just my metabolim out of whack and that it will level out but its been 2 months now and no change.
its probably no harm in getting tested to put my mind at ease .i faint with needles but has to be done..are there any obvious symtoms for hyper/hypothyroidism..thanks for the information..hope you are both getting on well with your recovery..it sounds difficult overcoming this along with these other ilnesses .take care.x

oh and im starting pre/robiotics today thanks for the tip!


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Hey, wow, congratulations on

Hey, wow, congratulations on your 2 months. That really is something to be proud of! I don't know very much about hyper/hypoglycemia, but as its to do with blood glucose I guess it would be a blood test as well. But its symptoms are things like hunger, shakiness, nervousness, sweating , dizziness or light-headedness, sleepiness, confusion, difficulty speaking, anxiety, weakness. Obviously, I don't know how you feel but I think you might display more of these symptoms if there was something really wrong?

Symptoms for hypothyroidism include: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, feeling cold, dry skin, lifeless hair, fluid retention, mental slowing, and depression. Less common symptoms include: a hoarse voice, irregular or heavy menstrual periods, infertility, loss of sex drive.

If you're getting a blood test, ask for them to be tested at the same time, then you'll only need to get one. =) Then you should get the results in about a week. But really, don't stress about hypothyroidism, if you do have it, its so easy to deal with, you just take a tablet every morning, like you would a multivitamin, thats all. Any symptoms will then reverse. Its so common as well, especially among women, its really no big deal. But as I said before, undiagnosed it can be really debilitating so its important to get it checked out if you're worried.

Let us know how you get on. I'm sure evrything will be fine though.

xxbrokenbookwormxx's picture

I get cold really really easy and tend to stay that way.. I was wondering if that comes along with it as well?? I've never heard of the hypothyroidism or hyperglycemia..

xXFaith, Trust & A Little Pixie DustXx

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