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Re: High Cholesterol and anxiety.

Posted by MelindaJ on May 26, 1999, at 8:33:46

In reply to High Cholesterol and anxiety., posted by Alison on May 26, 1999, at 0:30:02

> Has anyone heard about the effects of anxiety on cholesterol levels? I have heard that when you are very anxious then it can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream (my psychologist told me) I have recently had mine checked and it was very high (7.1 mmol) I found this to be quite distressing as my diet is not what I would call a major contributing factor.
> My Dr. told me that many young women (I'm 25) who are on the contraceptive pill have high levels.
> Could any one shed any light on anxiety and cholesterol levels ?
> Alison

>Hi Alison,
I've never heard of a connection between high cholesterol and anxiety but I find the possibility intriquing. I'm also being treated for anxiety and take birth control pills and have very high cholesterol. However, I also have many family members who also have stubbornly high cholesterol (doesn't respond to cholesterol-lowering drugs). Also, my cholesterol level has increased since I've been treated for anxiety rather than decreased.




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