The Case

December 2020

Dr. Linda Khoshaba

High Cholesterol as a result of Hypothyroidism

A new patient came to see me on 12/2020 and presented with symptoms of:
 Joint pain
 Weight gain
 Fatigue
 Hair falling out

It was the “vain symptom” of losing her hair that made her reach out for an appointment.

1

Visit №1

December 2020

Visit  №1

During the visit, we discuss her past medical history of Hashimoto’s, asthma, and gastrointestinal symptoms. She had a history of intestinal fungal infections. Her lifestyle consisted of a gluten free, vegan diet, moderate exercise and stress levels. She indicated that she was on 5 prescription medications: two thyroid medications, one asthma medication, one anti-inflammatory and one weight loss pill.

The treatment recommendations after this initial consult was the following:
1 An order for a comprehensive laboratory testing and thyroid imaging
2 Return to the clinic with all this information in 3 weeks to discuss findings

2

Visit №2

January 2021

Visit  №2

During her second visit, we reviewed her results in detail and her lab work revealed that she was in a significant state of hypothyroidism, had elevated inflammatory and cholesterol levels. She stated that she “never had high cholesterol in the past”. She was surprised that this was high and said she was trying to eat well with her vegan diet and was exercising regularly. She was confused how that could have shown up in her lab work.

My treatment plan for her at the end of this visit consisted of:
1 Switching her from synthetic thyroid medication to a natural thyroid medication
2 Added in some supplements such as Vitamin C, probiotics, fish oil and B12
3 Advised her to return to the clinic again with lab work in 7 weeks

3

Visit №3

March 2021

Visit  №3

At her third appointment, we reviewed her blood work and it revealed that her BOTH her thyroid and cholesterol levels were now optimal ranges. Note: there were no treatment recommendations given at the last visit for treating high cholesterol. The treatment exclusive focused on improving her thyroid levels and that this itself could help balance, regulate and improve cholesterol levels.

Take home Message

Take home Message

Research and evidence show that having good thyroid level hormones help improve lipid profiles. If you are struggling with hypothyroidism, you should be concerned about both your thyroid and your heart since it can interfere with lipid metabolism and this can put you at increased risk for heart disease.

Dr. Linda Khoshaba is the Leading Integrative Health and Hormone Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has extensive experience working in the field as a Hormone Specialist and Natural Endocrinologist.

7500 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Suite A 109
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Phone: 480-687-0054
FAX: 833-605-1101
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