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I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in 1994 and for years I was on increasing doses of Syn-thyroid medications.     In January 2012 I was diagnosed with Diabetes.  At the time I was told I was a type 2 diabetic.  Just a few months later after a appointment with the Endocrinologist I learned I was actually a progressing type 1.5 or LADA diabetic.  LADA means Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.  Apparently if you have Hashi’s you are more prone to get more autoimmune failures in your body.  I will be a type one adult one day but the longer I don’t have to take shots the better.

Last November after a lot of reading, I begged the Endo for a Natural Desiccated Thyroid Medication or NDT.  I’d done my research and found that Thyroid, yes fancy name, is made in Canada by Efra Laboratories.  After the doctor telling me I was in menopause and that was my reason for feeling sick he prescribed me the medication.  All thyroid medications are given in incremental doses and take weeks to get your body adjusted.  Something in me just started shutting down and by January of this year I was really sick.

I did a lot of research and found that a gluten free diet might help.  So I slowly went gluten free. I had stopped eating the big things like bread, pasta and cereals and slowly my body started to heal.

Fast forward to my six month check up, I’ve lost 12 pounds, my A1c dropped a point and all my numbers were good.  I told the doctor about the gluten free and he said if it’s working keep doing it!  He was impressed with everything except for me refusing to take the Crestor.  I get leg cramps so he’s giving me Lipitor which apparently has the same issues.

I’m happy that I’m finally on the right track to a healthy me living with LADA and Hashi’s.  I’m back at work full time, I’m happy, sleeping well and eating well without gluten.

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply Amy

    I’m glad gluten free is helping you! We tried it a few years ago for our autoimmune things (one kid has alopecia, the other rheumatoid arthritis, 3 kids have allergies, and I’ve got “something” indistinguishable going on). It did nothing for us! Which is good I guess, because giving up gluten on top of dairy, eggs, peanuts/nuts was just hard. Do able, but hard. I hope you continue to feel better and better!

    2014-06-25 at 13:27
    • Reply mini2z

      Thanks Amy! People keep telling me that I’m going to get dairy issues – I’d better not!! I love my GF rice crispies with the one teaspoon of maple sugar 5 carbs in it

      2014-06-26 at 01:51
    • Reply mini2z

      Oh Amy Se is highly allergic to nuts & latex in the past 6 months

      2014-06-26 at 01:51
      • Reply Amy

        Oh no! What is it with this world and all the allergies!? I hope it gets better for all of you.

        2014-06-26 at 11:55
  • Reply Susan Rowland

    Great to hear your news. So happy for you!

    2014-06-25 at 15:22
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