Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Warwick, Rhode Island, USA:

My ten year old was recently diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism. Her TSH level was 33. Her older sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine and autoimmune hypothyroidism at age 12. Since my ten year old has been diagnosed with the thyroid disorder before diabetes, how likely is she to get type 1 diabetes? I have read much about children developing diabetes and then thyroid disorders, but I have not read much about the reverse. There is a strong family background as I have hypothyroidism and my father has vitilgo.


Great question. You are correct that diabetes and thyroid problems often co-exist - about 20% and, perhaps as high as 40%, in some series, depending upon which antibodies are screened. Vitiligo, celiac disease, adrenal insufficiency (Addison's), pernicious anemia and variants (gastroparietal antibodies) are also more common and more common in families as in yours. But, it is quite rare to start with thyroid and then diabetes, for reasons totally unknown. In either case, I would screen for all these antibodies in your child were this my patient and periodically repeat such screening several times, perhaps annually, even with no symptoms, to see what changes (or doesn't) over time.


Original posting 17 Feb 2007
Posted to Thyroid and Diagnosis and Symptoms


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:12
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.