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Old 06-22-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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cholesterol levels

Is it common for whose with hypothyroid to have extremely high cholesterol levels. My Dr. did not give me any statin's for it because she said that once the thyroid levels are normalized, this problem should resolve itself.

Does anyone else have high numbers?

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Old 06-22-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Re: cholesterol levels

I've been going to see the endoc for the last couple of years for thryoid treatment, and when I went in Dec 05 my cholesterol level was high - she asked me if I ate alot of mayo or eggs - I don't but she said to try and cut this out and add things like salsa to sandwiches etc....... She didn't mention that it could be high because of my thyroid problem.... but the next blood test I had it was back down to normal, and I hadn't really cut out anything?
So don't really know......
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Old 06-22-2006, 03:41 PM   #3
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Re: cholesterol levels

Yes, thyroid problems are known to raise cholesterol levels. Mine was high over a year before my doc found the nodule in my thyroid. I am not normalized yet - so I am sure my cholesterol isn't down yet either. AND, I was vegeterian - not eating a lot of dairy (except skim milk and a little cheese) and pretty much no eggs except in other dishes. Mostly beans for protein and SOY - mistake! Why was my cholesterol high? She didnt' even question it. Just mailed me a diet to follow - which is the way I had been eating. Never checked my thryoid at that time or wanted to put me on any medication.

Doc's are supposed to check the thyroid BEFORE they prescribe statins. It tells them that on their directions. You don't want to take them unless you really need to.
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Re: cholesterol levels

Now that $tatins are a gigantically huge moneymaker for drug companies and MDs alike, you might never hear this little secret from them...
Low thyroid is the second leading cause of elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides after poor diet.

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Old 06-22-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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Re: cholesterol levels

Thanks Midwest for that comment
I was just at my docs appointment and my LDL is elevated which put up concern to the doc. I felt it was from me not at my Happy point yet!!

Old 06-23-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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Re: cholesterol levels

I have incredibly high cholesterol for my age also and I do not eat red meat, etc...or fried foods, whatever. Anyway, when I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me, one of the things that kept popping up was high cholesterol. My doc kept telling me to diet (as my weight jumped too), finally went to a good endo...getting some answers. Cholesterol is creeping down, numbers still aren't perfect, so I am being patient. My reg doc put me on a statin, made me sooo sick. I refuse to take it. Found something called Red Yeast Rice, in pill form. Hope things are looking up for you!!!

Old 06-23-2006, 08:43 AM   #7
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Re: cholesterol levels

I have high cholesterol, mine are all bad, found them just recently, have had to change my diet. It seems that I have what they call metabolic syndrome, along with the ever loving Graves(but am hypo now). They have me on meds now, and I do feel so much better, although I am sure it has to do with mantaining my blood sugars now as well. With all this I have really had to change alot. The meds seem fine for me(as of yet). Just if they do put you on any make sure they do liver function test, as it can cause liver problems. Lucky me, I have three meds that can cause these, so I will be making sure they are ontop of these tests(I don't want to become sick from these stupid things)I already have gotten the Metabolic Syndrome from side effects of steriods. They made me want to eat the house down(and I must have, cause I am as big as one now). Anyway follow the diet! It's better to be able to control the cholesterol levels this way that with meds. Mine were so out of range I had to start right away. Although I didn't know that hypothyroid was the second highest cause for this. I guess in a round about way my TED is my cause(since I'm on steriods for TED).

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