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An Underactive Thyroid May Cause High Cholesterol

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I hope everyone doing well.

Today we are going to talk about hypothyroidism and high cholesterol. I have had many go rounds with my doctor about my high cholesterol. My overall cholesterol level is around 225. My triglycerides are within normal ranges(barely) and my LDL levels are a little over the suggested range. I haven’t had my cholesterol levels checked since going on Armour Thyroid. It’s like pulling teeth to get any tests done except TSH for thyroid issues. Also, my doctor goes by the old standard for TSH test ranges with the high end of 5. I chuckle at all the articles I read that tell me doctors go by the .3 to 3 range for TSH. The many doctors I have seen do not follow these guidelines. The high end is still 5 for the majority of MDs.

In today’s Check It Out!  you can learn about a thyroid supplement for improving your thyroid function and a thyroid diet to give you the nutrition your thyroid craves. ( I have started using both.) I will give you a report in a week or so.

Enjoy!

Corri

 

An UnderActive Thyroid May Cause High Cholesterol

By Deanna Dean

(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.
– Meet with your doctor and request a  TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test, along with T4, T3, Free T4 and  Free T3 tests.
– At most labs in the U.S., the normal range is from  around .3 to 3 as of early 2003. If the TSH level is at the higher end of the  range, or above the range, your doctor may determine that you are hypothyroid  (underactive thyroid.) If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, here are some  natural supplements to improve your thyroid health.
Iodine  — You can increase your iodine intake through diet and kelp supplementation.  Kelp is rich in iodine. Foods that contain iodine are yogurt, eggs, fish and  other seafood, radish, parsley, potatoes, oatmeal and bananas.
Selenium  — Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism were found to be selenium  deficient. Selenium deficiency can reduce the activity of the thyroid  hormones.
Tyrosine — Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to  manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine.
Thyroid Glandular — Thyroid  glandular supplements are usually sold through your  practitioner.
Bladderwrack — Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich  source of iodine that is thought to stimulate the thyroid gland increasing  metabolism.
If you have high cholesterol, have your doctor check your thyroid before taking  drugs.
Your healthmate, Deanna Dean
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About the author

Deanna Dean is the Wellness Director for Your Health  Coach, a company dedicated to health and wellness education.  website:  yourhealthcoachdee.com Dee is a Wellness & Weight Loss Coach, a  Certified Natural Health Professional, is pursuing an ND degree-Naturopathic  Doctor, is a certified Raw Chef, certified in Dietary Guidelines from the Cooper  Institute for Aerobics Research, former Personal Trainer, Yoga and Fitness  Studio Owner, TV and Radio Guest, Health Columnist. Deanna develops  customized programs to enhance the health of her clients, educates, and coaches  dieters for safe weight loss.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/028816_thyroid_high_cholesterol.html#ixzz2VjbXhkS6

                                     Check It Out!

Here are the resources I mentioned eariler. For the thyroid supplement, I use this American company:

Vitabase Thyroid Support

I also am using the Natural Thyroid Diet. You can check it out here:

The Natural Thyroid Diet