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Senior Times - April 2019 CHOLESTEROL CONNECTIONPage 19Attorney at LawEstate Planning & Elder Law269.963.8222130 East Columbia Avenue Battle Creek, MI 49015www.staceylottlaw.commedication. One recent study found that more than 60 percent of people with high cholesterol and untreated hypothyroidism saw their cholesterol levels normalize once hypothyroidism was treated.seeds are all good sources. You canStacey LottResearch shows that a period offour to six weeks of thyroid hormone replacement therapy is usually needed to correct cholesterol levels in someone with hypothyroidism. Your healthcare provider should run a repeat cholesterol panel after that time to evaluate how your cholesterol levels respond to thy- roid treatment.your HDL good cholesterol and con- trol your weight. Experts recommend around 30 minutes per day of moder- ate-intensity exercise.Note, however, that research has shown that levothyroxine treatment for hypothyroidism may not fully restore cholesterol levels to normal. You may benefit from combination treatment that includes the T3 hormone, or you may need additional treatment targeted at your cholesterol levels.There is evidence that some supple- ments, including psyllium fiber supple- ments, artichoke extract, fish oil, nia- cin, red yeast rice, policosanols, plant stanols and sterols, and whey protein may help control your high cholesterol. Consult with a naturopathic physician for guidance on using supplements as part of a natural approach to lower cholesterol.If you are already diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it’s important that you also have cholesterol levels screened regularly, because you are at an increased risk of having elevated cho- lesterol. One study found that 56 per- cent of patients with hypothyroidism had high cholesterol, and 34 percent had both high cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides.Prescription Treatments for CholesterolIf you are being treated for hypothy- roidism and are diagnosed with high cholesterol levels, your next step is to ensure that your thyroid treatment is optimized. You can read more about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, but to summarize, it’s typically treatment that safely resolves symptoms, and results in the following thyroid test results:Statin drugs lower LDL and tri- glycerides, and slightly raise HDL. • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)• Fluvastatin (Lescol)• Lovastatin• Rosuvastatin (Crestor)• Simvastatin (Zocor)• Pitavastatin (Livalo)• Pravastatin (Pravachol)• A TSH level of 2.5 or less• A free thyroxine (Free T4) level in theStatin drugs have a number of risks and side effects, including memory loss, confusion, high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes, muscle pain and weakness, insomnia, headache, digestive prob- lems, muscle inflammation and damage (called rhabdomyolysis), and (rarely) the potential to cause kidney failure.top half of the reference range• A free triiodothyronine (Free T3)level in the top half of the reference rangeBecause statin drugs can reduce your coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) levels, some experts recommend taking a CoQ10 supplement along with statin drugs to reduce your risk of any mus- cle-related side effects.If you still have cholesterol issues after your thyroid is optimally treated, there are dietary and exercise changes that may help get your cholesterol back into balance, and help you avoid the need for prescription medication.The Village ofLifestyle Changes to Help High Cholesterol• Substitute monounsaturated fats –lower LDL and raise HDL. These drugs include Niaspan and Nicoar. Side effects include itching, tingling, head- aches, and flushing.such as olive oil – for saturated fat, choose leaner cuts of meat and poul- try, and opt for lower-fat dairy prod- ucts.Bile acid drugs cut down on choles- terol production. These drugs include Colestipol (Colestid), Cholestyramine (Prevalite), Colesevelam (WelChol), and Ezetimibe (Zetia). Side effects include constipation, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle pain.• Eliminate trans fats – also known as “partially hydrogenated oils” – found in many processed foods and com- mercial baked goods.Embrace The Possibilities300 Carl Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037PH: 269-962-0605 • FX: 269-965-2285 • TTY: 800-649-3777 • www.pvm.orgDiversi ed Financial Advisors Offers Strategies To Help Your Investments Keep Growing.Danford M. ByrensFinancial Representative | 269-441-1444 | dmbyrens@hirep.netBefore investing, you should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. We can help you with those decisions. We are quali ed  nancial advisors. Give us a call.15 Capital Ave. NE Ste. 104 | Battle Creek, MI 49017 | www.divfa.com• Get enough omega-3 fatty acids, which help increase your HDL good cholesterol and reduce triglycerides. Salmon, walnuts, almonds, and flaxRegular monitoring and managment of your cholesterol can help you to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.also add an omega-3 supplement.• Increase the soluble fiber in your diet.Soluble fiber comes from foods likeoats, fruits, beans, and vegetables.• Get enough exercise. It can help raiseNatural SupplementsIf your LDL cholesterol is still too high, your doctor may recommend adding a prescription drug to lower the LDL. 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