Hypothyroidism + High Cholesterol -- impossible to lower levels?
If high cholesterol is caused by hypothyroidism, is there any way to solve the root problem?
Wouldn't eating cholesterol raising foods (those on the primal diet) simply aggravate it more?
A route to take would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by echoyjeff222; 10-10-2010 at 06:54 PM.
The easiest solution would be to treat the hypothyroidism and bring free T4 and free T3 to optimal levels. Some hypothyroid patients get good results with T3/Cytomel or a pill derived from porcine thyroid glands, but the preferred medication would be based on the cause of the person's thyroid deficiency.
Forgive this oversimplified discussion of cholesterol: It appears that primal eating may raise LDL in volume but not in quantity. It also appears to change the type of LDL primarily to a benign form. Primal eating also typically boosts the "good" cholesterol HDL significantly. The difficulty with the cholesterol values most labs provide is that they do not actually measure the particles, but derive the figures from an equation that is based on data applicable to those eating a SAD-type diet. When you actually directly measure the cholesterol of people who have been eating primally for some time, they tend to have healthy patterns of cholesterol.
Each person is, of course, unique. If you have a family history of premature heart disease, it would be wise to get a full Berkeley lab style breakdown of your real cholesterol numbers. If you find troubling results, you can start investigating your options. (Dr William Davis has a wonderful blog on this topic.)
It is worth keeping in mind that low cholesterol numbers are correlated with cancer and earlier death. Cholesterol is a huge, complicated topic and not *nearly* the boogeyman that the pharmaceutical industry has spooked us into believing.
Thanks a lot! That helps a lot in understand -- my mom also mentioned that she's also had radiation on her thyroid. She used to have hyperthyroidism. Any differences?
Originally Posted by liss
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