Sorry for the long post, but I have some things on my mind! I went to the free clinic tonight, and after many hours of patiently (or rather impatiently lol) waiting, I got my new metabolic stats. I am excited to report, that since I started low carbing back in November when I was diagnosed, my A1C has gone from 10.5% to 5.5%. It's a tad higher than it would have been, had I not started having issues with morning sugars related to dehydration... but now that they are fixed, I expect the next one to be slightly lower, to about 5.3%, which is what it was a month ago, with one of those Bayer testers... :) I have lost 57 lbs, and I no longer have issues with high liver enzymes. My lipid profile is perfect, and my cholesterol is the lowest it has ever been. Everything came back perfect, pretty much...
The only thing which has not been perfect, has been my TSH. Now, I am a Hypothyroid Diabetic. I have been Hypothyroid since early childhood, and I am very well educated on how the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Thyroid glands interact, and I have always kept pretty close tabs on my Thyroid numbers, and my current hormone levels are all normal (T3, T4)... The only thing abnormal is my TSH (which is a hormone produced by the Pituitary, used to communicate with the Thyroid gland in order to control the levels of T3 and T4 hormone produced). Even with a decrease in Levothyroxine medication (even though my T3 and T4 hormones are doing just fine), from 150 mcg to 125 mcg, my TSH levels have plummeted from an already low 0.10 to a 0.01. They should have gone up! ... And are not responding. As the Free Clinic has no specialists, my Doctor is going to consult with an endocrinologist, and I am going to go for some further testing this coming week for Microsomal Antibody, Thyroglobulin Antibody, and PTH Intact Antibody Levels... Considering my other symptoms: dehydration (despite drinking lots of fluids), hair thinning, dry skin, constipation, sensitivity to cold... It seems apparent to me that I may have Hypopituitarism, or another similar Pituitary condition. Time will tell, when all the tests come back.
My doctor... Not finding much else wrong with me to blame the 'evils' of low carbing on... Told me to start eating more carbs to see if it would fix my Pituitary and TSH levels. heh I dunno what to say... I know SO many of you who low carb, have Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism, and do NOT have these kinds of issues with your Pituitary... In fact, every resource I have found suggests low carbing is the best thing to do for a lazy Thyroid, and Pituitary gland. *shrug* She wanted to know family history, but I honestly don't know ANYONE else in my family who has or has had Hypothyroidism, or any Pituitary issues... Though the Pancreas and the Pituitary are counter regulatory glands... I just wonder... My immune system seems to be attacking everything... Kind of odd that I'm a Type 2, and not a Type 1... but whichever one, I am pretty sure I still would have gotten Diabetes.
... Anyone have some experience with this, similar stories, or even some useful insight? :)