View Full Version : Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol??
04-17-2010, 09:38 AM
Wow, I just got the results of my blood test back & it said that I have high cholesterol (220!), low white blood cell count (suggested lack of B12) & elevated levels of thyroid stimulating hormone indicating Hypothyroidism which explains ALOT. What a shock!! I am meeting with a new doctor next week (yay, I can't wait...can you feel the sarcasm) & just want to be prepared. Does anyone know any natural, raw food friendly therapies for hypothyroidism? I'm thinking the cholesterol will take care of itself as more raw days pass by & I'm going to get back on track with my B12 supplements! Insight appreciated. Wow, what a slap in the face! But a good one!
04-19-2010, 07:58 PM
Hm.. wish I could offer advice on that one but I have no idea. I am looking into getting a blood profile done as well. Do you have any idea how much these cost?
04-21-2010, 12:02 AM
I was lucky - my company paid for it as part of a "health initiative" - I know the "value" quoted was $70 out out of pocket. I would imagine $40-$70 would be an average range. OR if you go to get your physical, I believe blood tests are usually included in the mix. Depends on that darn health insurance though..stupid companies. It was very eye opening though!
04-21-2010, 10:13 AM
Linds, are these results while you were eating raw and if so, how long have you been eating raw and at what percentage?
04-21-2010, 11:26 AM
Hi - my cholesterol runs a bit high most of the time. What is important is the ratio. I asked my doctor about mine once and he kindof laughed at me and said I had so much good cholesterol and that was why it was a bit high. Make sure you look at all those numbers as well. My husbands cholesterol is actually lower than mine but, he is on Niacin for it because his bad cholesterol is high and the good is low.
04-21-2010, 05:16 PM
I'm looking forward to these responses as well. I was informed of my elevated thyroid levels and haven't taken anything. I never did return to the doctor and am apprehensive of having my levels checked again. I can't get away from my spinach/kale/chard smoothies and those are those goitergens (sp?)!
04-22-2010, 08:35 AM
I would be interested also in any information about thyroid. I am currently on thyroid medication and getting off of any medication is a good thing.
04-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Do a search on veganforlife and hypothyroid. She healed hers with raw food. It took awhile though. I believe sea veggies are important.
ETA: Here is the thread:
04-29-2010, 04:52 AM
I just recently got my bloodwork and I dropped my cholesterol 40 points on raw for about a month. I also ate a lot of nuts the 48 hours before the test so lots of fats. I imagine it would have been lower if I hadn't done that.
05-01-2010, 11:39 AM
the only thing i can remember with hypothyroidism is having more seaweeds like kelp because of iodine.
also, large amounts of raw cabbage family plants as well as kale can be suppressing to the thyroid (they contain goitrogens which block use of iodine). Now this doesn't mean cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are BAD, it just means that when you ALREADY have a thyroid problem, eating those every day can be problematic long term.*
do some google research to be prepared for the doctor encounter :)
* i'm no doctor! i just worked with a lady once who was trying to go 100% raw and had celiac and hypothyroidism so we've been looking into this kind of info for some time
05-01-2010, 05:24 PM
Thank you for all the responses!! So - I was about 80% raw when I got the tests initially...I commited to a 30 day raw challenge (woo woo) & the doctor was actually receptive to this. She's going to recheck me in 6 weeks & see where we stand.
A friend of mine, who has thyroid issues, started using Atomidine & when she got rechecked, her thyroid levels were getting better. (She was hypo). I've definitely incorporated some dulse & am also trying out the atomidine to see what happens. I have a feeling though - that after 6 weeks raw, everything is going to balance out.
It was funny though - all my cholesterol levels are great, but over all, they're at 220. My DR. was like..i'll give you info on low fat diet, etc. I said..well, I'm actually raw so I'm not too concerned & she was really cool about it. I also JUST found out there is a natural-path DR about 30 minutes north of me!
Hope everyone is doing well : )
ps - I was shocked when I found out about certain greens jacking stuff up if you eat them all the time. I definitely was in a spinach rut for like..2 months & only using that in my smoothies! Bad, I know : x It's just so good. Now I'm switching it up : )
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