A new patient came to see me on 12/2020 and presented with symptoms of:
◉ Joint pain
◉ Weight gain
◉ Hair falling out
It was the “vain symptom” of losing her hair that made her reach out for an appointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.