Hypothyroidism and high cholesterol: Any connection?

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Hypothyroidism and high cholesterol: Any connection?

Question

Is there any connection between hypothyroidism and high cholesterol?

Sue
Illinois

Answer

Yes. Decreased metabolism associated with underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) causes high cholesterol. Treatment of hypothyroidism with thyroid hormone may improve cholesterol levels. If you have high cholesterol — especially if you have no previous history of high cholesterol — your doctor may recommend checking your thyroid hormone levels to see if an underactive thyroid is causing or contributing to the problem.

Last Updated: 09/13/2006
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