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My LDL level is high I believe normal is under 3 mml I am 5.2 yet my GP isnt concerned . MY sister is just being tested for familial as her cholesterol has always been high . Which is most important total Hdl or hdl

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Hi - I notice you have posted elsewhere but this is your first post here so - Welcome !

Do you have a thyroid issue as this can sometimes impact cholesterol levels. Triglycerides are an important test an can often point to raised sugar levels ...


High cholesterol is often linked to being hypothyroid

If you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), treatment may be delayed until this problem is treated. This is because having an underactive thyroid can lead to an increased cholesterol level, and treating hypothyroidism may cause your cholesterol level to decrease, without the need for statins. Statins are also more likely to cause muscle damage in people with an underactive thyroid.

Do you have thyroid problems ....thyroid disease often runs in families

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4 and FT3 plus both TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested. Also EXTREMELY important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12

Low vitamin levels are extremely common, especially if you have autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) diagnosed by raised Thyroid antibodies

Ask GP to test vitamin levels

Recommended on here that all thyroid blood tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and before eating or drinking anything other than water .

If on levothyroxine.....

Last dose of Levothyroxine 24 hours prior to blood test. (taking delayed dose immediately after blood draw).

This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip)

Private tests are available as NHS currently rarely tests Ft3 or thyroid antibodies or all relevant vitamins

List of private testing options

Medichecks Thyroid plus vitamins including folate (private blood draw required)

Thriva Thyroid plus antibodies and vitamins By DIY fingerpick test

Thriva also offer just vitamin testing

Blue Horizon Thyroid Premium Gold includes antibodies, cortisol and vitamins by DIY fingerprick test

If you can get GP to test vitamins and antibodies then cheapest option for just TSH, FT4 and FT3

£29 (via NHS private service ) and 10% off if go on thyroid uk for code


Results of current studies are conflicting about the association between thyroid abnormalities and NAFLD/NASH. Results of some of the reviewed studies propose hypothyroidism as a risk factor for NAFLD/NASH. This may lead us to test thyroid hormone profiles as a part of initial clinical assessment in patients with NAFLD/NASH. As hypothyroidism is a modifiable risk factor and can easily be treated with thyroid replacement therapy, the interesting issue for future studies will be to evaluate whether treatment of hypothyroidism in patients with NAFLD/NASH will improve disease progression and outcome.

A cholesterol level of 3 would be far too low to make any hormones.

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