Thyroid And Cholesterol

Thyroid is a gland located in the neck; it has the shape of a butterfly. This gland is responsible for producing a hormone called Thyroxin which helps in the regulation of the body metabolism and helps in accelerating it.

Whenever the secretion of thyroxin hormone reduces a condition called Hypothyroidism is called which also reduces the ability of the body to process cholesterol as well.

This happens because the lack of thyroxin in the body reduces the activity of LDL receptors which are responsible for producing LDL cholesterol in the body. The reduction of receptors of LDL in the blood results in the accumulation of LDL in the blood stream. Thus resulting in the rise of the total cholesterol levels in body.

Studies have already established that the lower levels of thyroid in the body can result in a higher risk of fatal coronary disease. This condition was more strongly found in women as compared to men. These findings established the previous view that higher levels of cholesterol are caused by the lower thyroid function. Other factors like high fat diet, smoking, high blood pressure all contribute in increasing the risk to the heart greatly.

Diagnosing And Treating Thyroid And Cholesterol:

The levels of thyroid must be checked regularly by a simple blood test which will measure the levels of thyroxin and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood. If the levels of thyroid are low in the blood then Pituitary gland present in the blood releases more TSH to stimulate more release of thyroid in the body and vice-versa.

If the natural regulation of body does not show any improvement then there are several oral medications also which can be used to bring back the level of thyroid to normal status. In advance cases thyroid replacement therapy can also use which will help in bringing the levels of both the thyroid and cholesterol to their normal positions.

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