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Posted by Shannon on August 08, 2000 at 00:51:52:

In Reply to: Is there a relationship between high cholesterol, high triglycerides and hypothyroidism? posted by Mike D on August 07, 2000 at 21:37:12:

: I have been worrying about my thyroid lately actually for about a year. My wife is going to school to become an R.N. and ever since she discovered the symptoms of hypothyroidism, she has been trying to get me to have a blood test. Well lately I discovered that most of my family has had this and is on medication for HT so I decided that today was the day. I also decided to get my cholesterol checked. I fasted for 14 hours then went to the hospital for my blood test this morning. Well this evening, the nurse from our local doctor's office called and told my wife that I NEED to get down there first thing in the morning to see the doctor because my cholesterol was 299 and my Triglycerides where 684.....well you can imagine the discussion that ensued. The nurse said that my thyroid test was not back yet but it should be there when I go in the morning. I am 32 years old about 25 lbs overweight and fairly active. I realize that this is the begining of a whole life change, which is probably good. So first of all do you have any pointers for me after hearing what I have told you and secolndly could this be related to hypothyroidism? Also do you know of any specific diets out there for lowering these two levels? Thanks from Maine

> Hi Mike, my first pointer is for you to relax and wait on the results before jumping to conclusions. I know that's hard to do, but that's all I can offer right now. And yes there is a connection between elevated cholesterol levels and undiagnosed thyroid problems. Take a look at the following site, it has a great discussion on the connection between the two diseases.

http://thyroid.about.com/health/thyroid/library/weekly/aa011800a.htm

So let's wait for your test results and then go from there. Do let us know tomorrow what is causing the high levels. Read thru the various posts on this site, there is a wealth of information on managing healthy cholesterol levels. And if it turns out to be hypothyroidism, there's also a Thyroid Disorder message board on this site. Good luck

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