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Old 06-02-2005, 07:04 AM   #1
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Can your thyroid have an effect on your cholesterol levels? My total is 158. My LDL is 98 but my HDL is low at 34.

Just curious.

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Old 06-02-2005, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: cholesterol?

It 100% does and to be honest, if you are Hypo with those numbers, you are in really good shape. Cholesterol over 200+++ is VERY common among hypothyroid patients. Mine shot from 184 to 230 when my thyroid crapped out so keep watch of it.

Old 06-02-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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Re: cholesterol?

My cholesterol went from 180 to 260 during my hypoT days. Today, it's 139; tri 97; hdl 58; vldl 19; ldl 62. I am currently taking Vytorin.

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Re: cholesterol?

HypoT affects LDL more than HDL. It has that effect because the body's elimination systems are so sluggish that the LDL isn't excreted like it should be.
Just before I was diagnosed hypo, I tried diet and exercise to lower my elevated LDL... even though my diet was already very good. I was easily able to raise the HDL with exercise, but the LDL actually went up a few points even with all that effort. I haven't had my cholesterol checked since I've been in treatment, but my doctor assured me the marginal elevation I had would be corrected with proper treatment.

Triglycerides may or may not be affected by hypoT; I was also able to lower those by drastically cutting sugar intake. Presumably, the exercise also helped.

Old 06-02-2005, 03:09 PM   #5
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Re: cholesterol?

I'm hypot---but they don't think it's as serious as it is because my cholesterol levels are low. They've always been low. I'm glad they're low---but I've had doctors give too much weight to the numbers---and not look up and see that I look like I haven't slept in three months, my hair looks like straw, the circles under my eyes look like I've been in a fight, and I can barely drag my sorry butt to the scale---where it shows I've gained another five pounds.

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