Low Thyroid May Contribute To High Cholesterol

Patients with subclinical hypothyroidism have higher total cholesterol, LDL, triglyceride, apo B levels and LDL/HDL ratio compared to control groups. (Cabral, et al. 2004) Hypothyroidism affects cardiac muscle contraction and contributes to high blood pressure due to increase stiffness of blood vessels and peripheral vascular resistance. Studies have shown that subclinical hypothyroidism may be an independent risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease, as well as congestive heart failure in older adults who have elevated TSH levels. (JAMA 2006)