It has been know for years that maternal or fetal hypothyroidism increases the risk of dementia later in life. This new study makes the connection between thyroid hormone levels and subsequent risk of diabetes. While this is the first study of its kind it points strongly at fetal/child hypothyroidism as a cause of both type I and type II diabetes in adults, as well as other pancreatic disorders like pancreatitis or even pancreatic cancer.
Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas | Physiological Society
"...Figuring out the full picture of how thyroid hormone influences the fetal pancreas will help ensure the health of babies with congenital thyroid hormone disorders and those born to mothers with thyroid hormone disorders. Commenting on the study, first author, Dr Shelley Harris, said: ‘The study highlights a novel role for thyroid hormones in regulating pancreatic development and opens up new questions to be explored’. Senior author Dr Alison J. Forhead added: ‘In individuals with low thyroid hormone before birth, abnormalities in beta-cell development may lead to increased risk of pancreatic disorders and type 2 diabetes in later life’.
We're requesting from our doctor to test our 10+ month old baby's thyroid as she's already showing signs of being hypothyroid. Both Mommy and Daddy (myself) are hypo and only started T3 the past year.
Are you familiar with treatments for this at such a young age that are aligned with the theme of healthcare that most share here on this forum?
We want to be as prepared as possible for the appointment as the suggestions so for other stuff is very "mainstream" healthcare.