What is the relation between thyroid function and type II diabetes?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Recent studies have reported that low thyroid level or hypothyroidism raises the risk of developing type II diabetes; the risk is even greater for those who are diagnosed as prediabetic.

Thyroid hormones affect how the body converts food into energy; and under-active thyroid can subsequently lead to weight-gain, which is a major risk factor for type II diabetes. An association was also found between hypothyroidism and insulin resistance, which is another important risk factor for type II diabetes.

  • A general screening for thyroid function in people with prediabetes may help reducing their risks of developing type II diabetes.

By Ms. Ayla Coussa

Clinical Dietitian