Re: high cholesterol sometimes means thyroid problems
The connection between thyroid and cholesterol is an old one, although today many doctors either aren't aware of it or choose to ignore it. I've read that during the first half of the 20th century, if you were diagnosed with high cholesterol, you were given thyroid to lower it.
Doctors saw that high cholesterol was an indication that there was an underlying problem. With the invention of cholesterol-lowering drugs, I wonder if most times they're treating the symptoms rather than treating the disease. It bothers me thinking that cholesterol may be a signal to us that something is wrong, but instead of digging deeper to find what that may be, we are given medication to bring down the numbers. However, I don't have have an "MD" behind my name, so that is just my feeling.
Borderline cholesterol was a signal that I was hypothyroid. When I am on the correct dose of Synthroid, my cholesterol numbers are in line. However, it is easy for some of us with hypothyroidism to experience fluctuations in thyroid function. It makes sense to me to follow a diet that is purported to keep cholesterol in line for those times of fluctuations. It's healthier, so it just makes sense. Also, since I cannot be sure how the thyroid and cholesterol connect, following a good cholesterol diet might in some way help my thyroid.
I always try to persuade anyone just diagnosed with high cholesterol to get appropriate thyroid tests. Many doctors only want to test TSH, and I know many thyroid conditions are missed because of that. I have a friend who has perfect TSH but high antibodies, and it took forever for doctors to test for antibodies and then finally admit that she was, indeed, hypothyroid.