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hi ppl

my cholesterol is high... due to thyroid

I dont eat fat or sugar for that matter

my diet is reasonably healthy.

would you know if it is purely the underactive thyroid that raises cholesterol or combination of not enough exercise too

and how is it possible to get it down ?? cannot take statins for obvious reasons

doc wanted to put me on stats bit said I dont want them as did try them and ended up not being able t walk

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There is a thyroid community on healthunlocked, you might get more answers on there. Just a thought πŸ™‚


Hi I have a family history of atherosclerosis as my father had it so I have thought about this over the years. I thought I had a good diet. I have been a vegetarian for nearly 40 years and eat lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fruit and nuts. Earlier this year however I developed symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). When I walk briskly I get bad pains in my left leg which only subside when I rest it for a few minutes. I have been tested and told I have a blockage just above the knee in my main artery in the back of my leg. At first the vascular surgeon more or less said I should live with it. I could have an angioplasty to put a stent in but there was a 2 to 5 percent risk of something moving and if it went to my foot I could lose my foot. You can imagine how that hit me. There is light at the end of the tunnel though. Because tests and confirmation of the disease took so long (although my GP put me on statins and blood thinners in the meantime) I did so much research myself and I read a book called How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by a surgeon called Caldwell B Esselstyn. He has been successfully treating cardiac patients by getting them to have a whole food plant-based diet. He takes on patients whom the cardiac surgeons have given up on. It is a really interesting book and well worth a read even if you don't feel to take the step of fully adopting the diet. I have been in it for 6 weeks now and have also been trying to still walk as much as I can (although I can no longer walk miles with my walking group). Time will tell whether my arteries get cleaned up but I am hopeful. Best wishes.


High cholesterol can have an inverse affect on our thyroid bloods.

High cholesterol can show up as low thyroid or vice versa Doctors years ago knew this. Once thyroid is well treated and you balance your thyroid levels your cholesterol levels should also balance too.

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A hypothyroid condition can be caused by many things. A lack of exercise can slow your metabolism, so it is important to ramp up your daily activity. Start by walking daily for 15 minutes and gradually work your way up to one hour per day, even if you break that up into 3 or 4 separate walks.

Sugar is hidden in 80% of processed foods, so you may be getting more sugar than you think if you don't cook for yourself. Consider cutting out all processed foods.

Other foods are converted to glucose when metabolized as well. Foods from white flour products - such as white bread, pizza and pasta. White rice, white potatoes, fruit juices, alcohol also spike your blood sugar.

You should follow the Mediterranean Diet which tends to be a low carb (simple carbs) diet focused on fresh vegetables, legumes, fruits and fish. It is also abundant in healthy fats such as that which comes from nuts, avocados, olives and fatty fish.

Click here to read more about the Mediterranean Diet:

I encourage you to watch these two videos:

If you follow these guidelines you will find that your cholesterol levels will likely normalize.

Good luck.


You need to look at your last thyroid results. Did they check the FT3 - it is the most important result and if low can be connected to raised cholesterol. They rarely test it in the NHS leaving patients being given various treatments for individual symptoms. T3 treats the whole body !


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