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My middle aged son who doesn't live in the UK has had thyroid problems for a number of years. Initially it was over active then when that was sorted hypothyroidism started.
We don't see him often as he lives in east Africa and he sees a private dr, therefore has no access to the NHS and any advice they might give. He takes thyroxin and goes for regular check ups. Recently he was told that his blood sugar levels are high. He is not yet diabetic but I am very concerned that he is going that way. He tells me that he feels permanently tired but feels much better when he goes to the gym, which he does most lunch times. He eats and drinks quite normally and doesn't smoke but has become overweight, i presume due to the thyroid problem? Not obese I should add but he certainly weighs more than he should.
There is no diabetes in our family so I wonder if it is connected with the thyroid problem. What advice can I give him to prevent T2 becoming full blown. I don't know what tests he has had, whether it was an HbA1c or a glucose test. Probably the former but he doesn't seem to know any results other than what he was told. Until he told me I don't think he realised the implications of T2, I think he regarded it as something he would deal with when it occurred and didn't regard it as too serious. How can I advise him ?
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