High Cholesterol Problem - Hypothyroid Link?
Hello Ted, I am a great fan of yours on earth clinic. Even though I have not posted any messages yet, I have been following your posts on earth clinic for more than three years. I thought it is time to post a message of my own.
I have been having high cholesterol problem for the last 12-13 years. For close to 10 years, I strictly controlled my diet by avoiding all high fat foods. I didn't eat any saturated fat during those days. But about three years back, I found out that I was hypothyroid. Browsing through alternate medicine web sites like earth clinic, I realized that my low fat diet might have been the reason for the hypothyroidism. I started taking 25 mcg of lyvothyroxine and also increased my fat intake (such as clarified butter and coconut oil) . I started feeling more energized, but my cholesterol started going up. It went up to 280. When my doctor said she will have to put me on Cholesterol lowering medication, I decided to change the doctor and the new doctor prescribed lyvothyronine along with lyvothyroxine. That helped me to bring down the cholesterol for about a year. Recently I read your post that Lecithin will help in controlling cholesterol. Since I was?consuming higher than normal fat, I decided to supplement Sunflower Lecithin. Three months later, I did a blood test and I find that my cholesterol has again gone up. It went from 204 to 259 in three months. I don't know if it is the Saturated fats that is causing the rise in cholesterol or the lecithin. I would appreciate if you can share your valuable thoughts on this.
To give you some of my backgound, I am 50 years old and I am vegetarian. I am underweight even though I have hypothyroidsm. Besides the thyroid medications, I take the following supplements: Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Magnesium, COQ10, Fish Oil including Cod liver oil, Kelp powder. I also take your ACV and baking soda remedy twice daily.
I am eagerly looking forward to your response. Thank you for all your help and your valuable suggestions on the earth clinic web site. Please continue to help the readers.