I just wanted to chime in as well that your cholesterol is likely the result of your low thyroid levels. I recently had my cholesterol checked after 6 months on thyroid hormones and theres are the results I posted elsewhere:
Just a little proof for those looking for it. All my life I've had cholesterol that was slightly 'high' - HDL not high enough, LDL too high, Total Cholesterol in the upper range for 'desired'. This has been the case while eating LC, LF, isocaloric - doing lots of cardio, doing minimal cardio, doing no cardio. I'd also had a TSH over 2.0 the entire time - which I was told was normal, normal, normal (and until recently I believed).
For the last 15 years cholesterol has looked like this (more or less)
Total Cho: 5.26 (Desired < 5.20)
Tris: 1.0 (Desired <2.30)
HDL: .94 (Desired.90 - 2.40, increased risk <.90)
LDL: 3.54 (Increased risk > 3.4)
Ratio & Risk Factor: 4.35 (Below Average risk <3.50 / Average Risk 3.50-5.00)
As of ten days ago:
Total Cho: 3.95 (Desired < 5.20)
Tris: .93 (Desired <2.30)
HDL: 1.21 (Desired.90 - 2.40, increased risk <.90)
LDL: 2.31 (Increased risk > 3.4)
Ratio & Risk Factor: 3.26 (Below Average risk <3.50 / Average Risk 3.50-5.00)
TSH, btw, has gone from around 6 to .03. While TSH is meaningless, as we all know, it does correlate with cholesterol the most. If your TSH is above 4.0 you can expect an improvement with thyroid treatment - you can expect one even if it's not as well, however not as dramatic.
And yes, those are Canadian SI numbers - for those of you who're scratching youir head