Having just been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, (raised thyroid antibodies of 380 though I do seem to have crossover symptoms for both Hashimotos and Graves and still have an ultrasound to come) I've been looking on the net for things that might help with the condition. Doctor has just started me on 50mg of Levothyroxine but I've been reading about the benefits of following a gluten free or even paleo diet, which does seem like it can help stop weight gain and prevent other autoimmune things possibly kicking in. I already have Type 1 Diabetes, Alopecia Areata and the start of Vitiligo and can't face getting anything else.
I feel so run down right now because I've just had a couple of months being zonked out with glandular fever too,then had to adjust to floaters in my eye through a vitreous detachment and now, this week, the Hashimoto's diagnosis. I used to be such a healthy person but I feel like I'm falling to bits now and need to get myself fit again.
I don't drink, have never smoked but have always enjoyed a healthy diet and am a normal healthy weight. I love baking but obviously have had to learn carb counting for my diabetes insulin dosaging, so the thought of trying to balance my diabetes control with whatever this autoimmune thyroid problem will do to me, fills me with dread.
Are there any members who can advise me how insulin uptake might be affected by Levothyroxine or thyroid upset,please?
Also, is a gluten free or paleo diet accepted as the norm for those with Hashimoto's and is it really worth the change? It will break my heart to give up home baking and enjoying eating out etc.
I want to help myself but I often find advise from those living with a condition more helpful than that from those with understandable limited knowledge of autoimmune conditions in a G.P. practice. I only get to see an endocrinologist once a year for my diabetes and even that I'm having to fight to hang onto because of cuts in funding.
I'd be really grateful for ANY advice on the above please and thank you for reading thus far.