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Main Cause of High Cholesterol

Monday, 03 Dec 2012 09:57 AM

Question: Is it true that if HDL cholesterol is higher, LDL cholesterol can be a little elevated without too much concern?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

You have to keep in mind that the leading cause for elevated cholesterol is thyroid deficiency, also called hypothyroidism. To rule this out, have a complete thyroid panel done.
Most doctors will just order a test called a TSH. This is not adequate. A full panel includes tests for T3 thyroid, T4 thyroid, reverse T3, antithyroid antibodies and TSH.
To lower triglyceride levels, reduce your intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates, which are the leading culprit in high triglyceride readings. Beta-sitosterol will lower cholesterol levels when taken with meals.
Even borderline hypothyroidism will cause the lipid pattern you have and is corrected when thyroid function is corrected. Natural thyroid should be used and not artificial drugs such as Synthroid.

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