Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 
News » Thyroid disease can affect cholesterol levels
 

Thyroid disease can affect cholesterol levels

More people have an awareness of cholesterol problems than thyroid problems. Over half of the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer under- or overactive thyroid are undiagnosed. Thyroid problems can cause blood cholesterol to rise to dangerous levels. The hormones that the thyroid gland produces control the metabolic functions for most of the body's cells. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone causing the body to slow down, hair becomes brittle, skin becomes dry and person is more sensitive to the cold. This can increase cholesterol levels as the liver's ability to process the blood is inhibited. Hypothyroidism follows diet as the leading causes of high cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. 80% of thyroid disease sufferers are women with pregnant women and elderly women more prone. 1 in 50 pregnant US women are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and 5-17% are diagnosed with the condition after birth. Treatment of the thyroid condition easily fixes the cholesterol problem. Hyperthyroidism can result in an artificially lowered cholesterol level. Thus when hyperthyroidism treatment must be carefully monitored to ensure the cholesterol level does not increase as the treatment takes effect. Most thyroid disease cases are genetic and only diet can have any preventative effect at all. However, thyroid disease is easily treated with and inexpensive medication which has no side effects. Diagnosis involves a blood test.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by ajc - HealthDay News

Related Disease Topics:

Related Symptom Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Thyroid disease can affect cholesterol levels

Date: January 2005

Source: ajc - HealthDay News

URL: http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/thyd/523151.html

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Woman wrongly diagnosed and treated for HIV
  • Woman wrongly diagnosed as dead
  • Woman wrongly pronounced dead by paramedics
  • Woman's bowel cancer was not diagnosed until after her death
  • Woman's ulcers misdiagnosed as cancer
  • Woman's worrying weight loss took years to be diagnosed
  • Woman’s brain surgery to correct depression ends up in disaster
  • Woman’s brain tumour receives 35 different misdiagnoses over 20 years
  • Women can benefit from moderate exercise during breast cancer recovery
  • Women considering abortion are being misguided about link to breast cancer
  • Women display different heart attack symptoms to men leading to misdiagnosis
  • Women face greater hardships with AIDS
  • Women face greater risks with epilepsy
  •  

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise