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High cholesterol can be caused by a number of factors, including familial tendency, and secondary causes like diabetes, hypothyroidism, diet and use of steroids. Hypothyroidism can present as cold weather sensitivity, lethargy, weight gain, dry skin, hoarse voice, menstrual irregularities and constipation. Thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid is involved in the maintenance of cholesterol and fats in the body. High cholesterol increases a person's risk for atherosclerosis which goes on to cause heart attacks and strokes. Hypothyroidism can be treated with hormone supplementation. High cholesterol can be treated with diet and exercise as well as medications and correcting hypothyroidism if it is present.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical edge
About: Cholesterol and thyroid link
Date: 29 May 2005
Source: Medical edge
Author: Scott Lintin
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