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Hypothyroidism and heart disease

Hypothyroidism is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to its effect on elevating blood cholesterol and homocysteine levels. Homocysteine and cholesterol are made by cells of the body, but are influenced by diet and have a positive effect on developing atherosclerosis and cardiac disease. They can be tested for with specific blood tests and a well balanced diet with vitamin supplements (folate, vitamin B6 and 12), and occasionally medications are required to control excess levels.

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About: Hypothyroidism and heart disease

Date: 2005

Source: Bella Online

Author: Tracy Green

URL: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33413.asp

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