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Hormone Treatment Side Effetcs? My Cholestrol is now 114 and use to be 96

By November 11, 2008 - 2:24am
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Hi - I use estrodial patches and creme, testoserone and progesterone. I have never had high cholestrol and it has gone up big time. Could this be side effects of the hormone treatments? Thanks and sorry for typos. I love the new site. It is very easy to navigate and uder friendly.

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I read on the side effects information in pamphlet provided with the testosterone includes the possibility that your bad cholesterol “test results” may increase.
However, when I take testosterone regularly I bulk up and find it annoying. I do not take that much but it reminds me why I cut it back. I feel better on it, but do not appreciate my clothes feeling snugger. I work out regularly and think the testosterone helps with building muscle mass. Any thoughts?

December 6, 2008 - 3:54am

Hey Boarder, When you're referring to your cholesterol numbers, are you referring to total cholesterol or LDL or HDL? That information will help us find an accurate answer for you ... Also, you may want to take a look at this chart on cholesterol numbers from the National Institutes of Health.

A desirable total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or lower. A desirable LDL is 100 mg/dL (130-159 is borderline high; 160 is high; 190 is very high). HDL, the "good cholesterol," should be around 40 mg/dL or greater. With HDL, the higher the number, the better, and 60 mg/dL is protective against heart disease.

And a few other questions, how soon after starting the hormones did you notice a difference in cholesterol? What did your doctor say about the spike?

And thank you for the kind words about our site.

November 11, 2008 - 8:15am
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