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High Cholesterol & Thyroid?

Even if I say so, I eat healthily, drink only when at a social event - 1-2 times a month as I have no head for alcohol but on & off I suddenly have my cholesterol in the higher numbers. My GP tells me it is linked to my Hypothyroid problem. I try to use food to combat the cholesterol problem rather than go on statin - but it is yoyo. Low, high, low. I eat beet root daily & lots of greens. Any other suggestions? Thanks

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I don't have any suggestions, but I too have high cholesterol and hypothyroid- interested to know that your GP says there is a link.

I also have IBS, which has been giving me serious trouble lately- am having colonoscopy on Thursday, and getting quite worked up about it. At this rate, I shan't need the laxative I have to take tomorrow!!

I hope someone gives an answer to your question, as I shall hope to get some knowledge from it.

Best wishes


You will be asleep! when you wake up?

it will be all over...

unlike my colonoscopy!!

mixup in the Theatre?

meant I nearly hit the roof....

the Surgeon thought I was "under"

the Sister said"I HAVE'NT PUT HER UNDER YET!

I also have underactive Thyroid/

I have only ever had the Cholesterol test once.

during the past few months

,I have refused to take any more Statins..

no one has suggested that I have another Cholesterl test....


Got this the other day:

An Underactive Thyroid may be Cause of Your High Cholesterol

(NaturalNews) An estimated 98 million American adults have high cholesterol or total blood cholesterol values of 200 mg/dL or higher. Your doctor may be following the clarion call, insisting you take a statin drug to lower these levels. Both you and your doctor may not be aware that hypothyroidism, according to the National Cholesterol Education Program, is a common secondary cause, after diet, associated with high cholesterol.

The Mayo Clinic concurs with medical experts that, "hypothyroidism may also be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, primarily because high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - the "bad" cholesterol - can occur in people with an underactive thyroid. It is not unusual when low thyroid function is addressed, cholesterol will often return to normal levels."

Hypothyroidism is a condition where too little thyroid hormone is in the bloodstream, and yet of the more than 13 million Americans who have a thyroid disorder, nearly half have been undiagnosed.

"The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. If the thyroid gland produces too little hormone, metabolism can slow, having a direct impact on the body's ability to clear cholesterol from the bloodstream. As a result, the risk of cholesterol being deposited in the arteries, especially around the heart, is increased, thereby increasing the risk for heart disease."

Even if your thyroid is under active, and not true hypothyroidism, there can be an increase in total cholesterol levels, in addition to an impairment of your heart's ability to pump efficiently. Hypothyroidism can also lead to an enlarged heart and heart failure.

Tests from the University of Texas-Southwest Medical School, Dallas, TX underscore a clear correlation between hypothyroidism and hypercholesterolemia, (high blood cholesterol.) Ninety percent of patients with overt hypothyroidism have increased cholesterol and/or triglycerides. Once hypothyroidism is treated with a thyroid hormone replacement, and the TSH level is restored to normal, the majority of patients show an estimated 20 to 30 percent reduction in cholesterol levels.

While research shows thyroid stimulating hormones have a positive relationship on cholesterol, the effects of subclinical hypothyroidism on cardiovascular disease are nonetheless under debate. However, most current data suggest that even modest thyroid-stimulating hormone elevations result in improved lipid profiles. Even with adequate treatment of a thyroid condition, there may still be other reasons for your cholesterol to remain above normal, such as diet and genetic factors.


This is exactly my problem + weight and I am on the slimmers world diet permanently. I have a hyperthyroid problem for a lot of years but Cholesterol only a few. I eat everything either know or low fat and sugar, don't drink except at special occasions and for some reason I have doubled my weight in the past 6 years and to go from a size 10 to a size 20 in 6 years is horrendous especially when you have always been small and are not given an explanation. I am on statins buy my Cholesterol is now only 3 but they say if I come off them it will go straight back up. I have lots of other things wrong with me but nothing changed 6 years ago to explain any of this. I only drink water or water with PLJ in it so the only sugar I get is from the fruit I eat and it is my staple diet.


For some people there is a link between thyroid problems and gluten allergy. Have you been tested for this?


On the face of it 2squirrels you have been wrongly advised. A low fat diet is a high carbohydrate diet. All carbohydrate is turned to glucose in the body, so a low fat , low added sugar diet is still a high sugar diet. Fructose is a slow energy release sugar, however it glycosylates blood cells more than glucose.


I obviously missed out that it is low carb diet - fruit, veg, measured amounts of rice, pasta or potato. 2 slices Brown malted slimming bread -butter, some egg. I drink nothing but water or water with lemon juice in it and the only sugar I get is from fruit, no fat fruit yoghurt, 1 small cholesterol lowering drink any more than 1 would be a waste of time.

Apart from fruit, veg and yoghurt everything is either or and this is my complete diet apart from small amounts of very lean meat or fish on alternate days. I have no biscuits, cake or sweets at any time so really a much stricter or healthier diet would be difficult to find.


I don't know if this article will help, but it could be another part of the puzzle.


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