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Page 18Senior Times - April 2019703 Capital Ave., SW, Battle Creek • www.henryfuneralhome.org269-962-5191produce too much cholesterol. 3. You are hypothyroid.JOSEPH U. STASA • THOMAS C. COLEMAN • PAULA S. COLEMAN • DENNY P. SEIVERTIN MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDER, RICHARD A. HENRY – 1926-2015Home Care Is What We Do Best! Aide & Companion Service Medication Set-Up Supervision  Housekeeping Transportation Nursing Services Dementia Capable Trained Staff  All Employees Screened& Bonded60+ Years of Qualified Experience900 Territorial Road W, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015 Call 269-968-0300 or lakeviewmgr@gmail.comAn apartment community for seniors 55 and older(Between Capital Avenue and 20th Street)Happy EasterSPECIALISTS IN HEARING CAREYou Deserve The Best... You Want Our Personalized, Affordable CareAccording to the American Diabetes Association, these are the latest optimal target cholesterol levels for men and women:Co-Owners:Thomas J. Unger, ACSW Patricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN5350 Beckley Rd, Suite DWhen you have your cholesterol checked, your doctor will typically give you four key numbers:Cholesterol and Your Thyroid(Side door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust)Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol that increases your risk of developing heart disease. As it travels throughyour bloodstream, LDL can leave behind hard deposits on the walls of your arteries. Over time, these deposits narrow and stiffen your arteries and can cause a condition known as athero- sclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries.” These narrowed arteries can then get clogged by clots, blocking blood flow to your brain or your heart and poten- tially causing a heart attack or stroke.269-883-6002 www.homecaretransitions.orgWe Participate With Most InsurancesEASTER SPECIAL Experience: Combined 50 Years In The Hearing Industry  Professionalism: We Offer ComprehensiveAudiologic & Hearing Aid Services New Technology: Our Audiologists Are Experts In The Latest Digital Hearing Aids Service & Follow-Up: We Offer A 60 Day Trial& Offer Up To 3 Years Warranty On All InstrumentsOur Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Will Help You Make An Informed Decision On Your Hearing Care Needs!Certified Audiologists: Paja Dickenson, MA, CCC-A  Edward J.Szumowski, Au.D  Hanna Klingaman, Au.Dbattlecreekhearingaids.com269-979-64553566 Capital Ave SW • Battle Creek (One Mile South Of 1-94)269-953-1120300 Meadow Run Drive Suite 3 • Hastings, MIFollow us on FacebookBring in this ad and receivea box of batteries. OFFER EXPIRES: 4-30-19Over 30 years serving our community! Locally owned & operated business. It makes a difference when you invest in locally owned businesses!SVEN & DASH WAITING "FUR" PATIENTS TO VISIT$10 offWalk-In Service Always Welcome For Cleaning & Repairs | Mon-Fri 9am - 5pmTHE THYROID AND HIGHBy: Mary Shomon, Patient Expert, Health CentralAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 37 percent of the U.S. population has high cholesterol levels that put them at high risk for heart disease and stroke. What you are less likely to hear, how- ever, is that a substantial subset of people with elevated cholesterol are hypothyroid, and proper diagnosis and optimal treatment for the underactive thyroid could resolve their cholesterol problems. Let’s explore the important relationship between your thyroid and high cholesterol.Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is primarily found in the food you eat, including animal foods like meats and full-fat dairy products. Your liver also makes some cholesterol.What is cholesterol?Men:• LDL less than 100 mg/dL• HDL greater than 45 mg/dL• Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dL• Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dLWomen:• LDL less than 100 mg/dL• HDL greater than 55 mg/dL• Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dL• Total cholesterol less than 200mg/dLHigh cholesterol is diagnosed when you have elevated LDL, low HDL, elevated triglycerides, and/or elevated total cholesterol.Hypothyroidism can cause levels of total cholesterol, LDL bad cholesterol, and triglycerides to rise. Even subclin- ical or borderline hypothyroidism can cause high cholesterol. Two Chinese studies, for example, found that having a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level in the upper end of the reference range makes you more likely to havea high cholesterol level. (Conversely, hyperthyroidism can cause unusual-ly low cholesterol levels that are not linked to diet.)High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the “good” cholesterol that reduces your risk and protects you against heart disease. HDL also helps remove cholesterol from your body.If you do not have a diagnosed thyroid problem, high cholesterol levels are supposed to automatically trigger screening for hypothyroidism, according to many medical guide- lines. Doctors are also advised to test thyroid function before prescribing any cholesterol-lowering medications. Unfortunately, this does not happen consistently, and many people with undiagnosed hypothyroidism are given cholesterol-lowering medication with- out any thyroid screening.Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood that can increase your risk of developing heart disease.Total cholesterol is the sum of HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, divid- ed by five.The take home message? It’s espe- cially important for you to ask your physician to do a comprehensive thy- roid evaluation, including, at minimum, a TSH test. If you are borderline or overtly hypothyroid, your next step is thyroid hormone replacement therapy.What is high cholesterol? Elevated cholesterol – known ashyperlipidemia or hypercholesterolemia – is typically due to three factors:1. You over-consume foods high inProper thyroid diagnosis and treat- ment of your hypothyroidism could resolve your high cholesterol and allow you to avoid taking prescriptionsaturated fats.2. You have a genetic propensity to

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