What can I eat with thyroid issue and high cholesterol?

Thank you for your question! We cannot answer medical questions over the internet, so it is best to talk with your doctor about your concerns. Ask for a referral to a registered dietitian (RD) so you can review your medical history and medications together and come up with a plan.

As you probably know, preventing high cholesterol is important. Elevated LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, puts us at increased risk for heart disease and is not healthy. Our bodies naturally make cholesterol so making healthy food choices and exercising can help control our cholesterol levels and decrease our risk of heart disease.  

Fats we find in food make the biggest impact on our cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats are good and help to improve cholesterol levels. Foods like nuts, seeds, fish, oilve oil and avocado have unsaturated fats. Saturated fats and trans fat are not very healthy and can increase your cholesterol levels. Saturated and trans fats are found in foods like whole milk, butter, beef, coconut oil and baked goods.

Unfortunately, there is no research-based information on nutrition specifics for hypothyroid. The thyroid is responsible for hormone regulation and metabolism. In general, eating whole foods and less packaged foods improves nutrition and can help with weight control.

It is best to talk to your doctor and follow their advice. Working with a registered dietitian in person will also help with figuring out which foods are best for you.

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