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June 14, 2011 at 11:46 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Hypothyroidism and cholesterol


If you’ve been to the doctor lately and have been diagnosed with high cholesterol you may want to also have your thyroid checked – especially if you’re a woman.  It’s estimated that 90% of people who have hypothyroidism also have elevated levels of cholesterol.  Women are ten times more likely to have hypothyroidism due to the impact of pregnancy on iodine levels, changes in hormones and potential antibodies targeting the thyroid gland produced while pregnant.  Breast cancer can also produce thyroid gland antibodies causing additional problems for women already dealing with thyroid conditions.

Supplements can help with managing symptoms.  Iodine, selenium, zinc, Vitamin D and E are all recommended for treating hypothyroidism difficulties.   While taking these as self prescriptions to manage your condition, it’s best to discuss your condition with a medical professional so you can map out the protocol you’re most comfortable with as well as relieving the associated problems of the condition.

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