Slow Metabolism, Blood Sugar, Hormones, or ALL 3?

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So many people come in and say they suffer with sugar cravings, mid afternoon energy drops, persistent fatigue, and brain-fog.

Your thyroid hormones play a BIG role in regulating many of your body’s biological processes, such as growth, development, and metabolism.

Thyroid issues interfere with your metabolism, causing unexplained weight gain, and can alter the level of sugar in your blood.

This increases your risk of developing diabetes, and it makes it harder to manage your blood sugar if you already have diabetes.

What does this mean for WEIGHT LOSS and ENERGY?

It means everything!

Your thyroid hormones are the main thing controlling the speed of your metabolism, and signs of weight gain are one of the first things to occur when your thyroid function begins to decline.

When coupled with poor sugar metabolism in the body, this is a recipe for weight issues, unbalanced energy through the day, and mood swings!

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When metabolism is slowed in hypothyroidism, insulin may linger longer in the body, causing a greater risk of hypoglycaemia (low glucose levels).

Hypothyroidism has also been associated with an increased sensitivity to insulin, which can contribute to hypoglycaemia.

The symptoms of this are:

  • Shakiness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Sweating.
  • Hunger.
  • Irritability or moodiness.
  • Anxiety or nervousness.
  • Headache.

These symptoms are signs of imbalance with your hormones, and should not be ignored. Ignoring them can lead to more persistent issues, such as Metabolic Syndrome, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, and diabetes.


Prevention is better than cure, so the earlier we treat this, the faster your body can heal.

If your belly measurement is above this, then let’s work toward a healthier you!

I invite you to book in now for a FREE 15 MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION with one of our practitioners to see if we can help you:

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Other sneaky hormone saboteurs!

Of course, hormones aren’t as simple as that! Often there are other factors playing in on the problem, and testing them is vital to ensure treatment is as successful as possible.

Autoimmune disease

If you have any autoimmune condition, the likelihood of developing another one is high, such as Hashimoto’s or Graves disease.

These really throw the thyroid off kilter, and treatment differs depending on what is happening in your body. We always test thyroid anti-bodies when testing thyroid hormones in the blood.

Why? You can get a false negative result due to the flexible nature of thyroid hormones, so we check these markers every time.

Adrenal Hormone issues – HPA dysfunction

Too much or too little hormones produced by your adrenal glands cause problems.

When insulin, thyroid hormones, or the steroid hormones of the adrenal gland are off-balance, the others often increase or decrease as a means of compensating for the metabolic dysfunction.

This interaction is believed to play a role in the relationship between thyroid disease and diabetes.

The most sensitive test for adrenal hormone output is a 3-point salivary cortisol test to measure your diurnal rhythm.

Mineral status

The very start of most blood sugar imbalances that later progresses to pre-diabetes, and then later to type 2 diabetes is low stores in the body of the mineral Chromium.

Primarily affecting the pancreas, chromium is essential for maintenance of blood sugar.

Toxic Metal in the body

Mercury, Antimony and Copper are toxic metals that displace Chromium. If these metals are in excess in the tissues, then increasing dietary sources of chromium will not solve the problem. Specialised treatment is required.

Are you interested in finding out how we test Heavy Metals and Minerals in the body? Ask one of our practitioners if this is what’s happening for you. Book in a call here:

In Summary…

Maintaining close control over your glucose and thyroid hormone levels can help prevent diabetes if you have thyroid disease. And maintaining optimal glucose levels can reduce your chances of developing thyroid disease if you have diabetes.

If you are struggling with these factors – even if your Doctor says you are ‘normal’ – reach out.

We will help you figure it out.

Working with one of my trained team members takes all the guesswork out of your health. Your results are presented to you, and only information relevant to YOU and YOUR BODY is given, taking out the overwhelm. Let us help you!

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With all the information going around about diets and weight loss, I think every “body” is different.

Understanding what’s happening for you is so important.

Very few people realise that slow metabolism and blood sugar both can tie into the thyroid hormone.

I find it fascinating (and secretly hope you do too).

Any questions you can always call us at 1300 THYROID, we’re here to support you.

Have a great rest of your weekend.


PS – We have 13 clinics around Australia from Western Australia down to Hobart and up to the Sunshine Coast). We also offer remote support options for clients that are unable to come in to see us.