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Friday, June 27, 2008 fire frog, Community Member, asks

Q: Is there a link between high cholesterol, eosinphils, and TSH and cancer?

These results are from a 47y/o male. He has always been a heavy guy but in good health. He now works at the mines ( has only been there for 2 years). All of these levels are high and I have been doing some research and they all increase the risk of cancer. The Eosinphils are double of the normal range. If he gets too hot he stops sweating and breaks out into hives and his throat closes. His physican says he is having allergic reactions to the sun without doing any other tests. This part has actually been happening for the last 6 years or so.

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Dr. Thomas, Health Pro
7/24/08 1:43pm

Though these lab findings are probably not interrelated, they each have specific health indications that should be addressed.

1. High cholesterol and excess body weight are both risks for heart disease, and obesity raises the risk of at least six different types of cancer. Losing weight with a high fiber low fat diet, regular exercise (even just walking three times a week), and quitting smoking are ways to reduce these risks.

2. Allergic reactions can cause high eosinophils, but there are other possible causes. Given this man’s profession as a miner it would be prudent for him to discuss with his physician the likelihood of a chemical exposure causing an inflammatory reaction in his lungs.

3. TSH—is this high or low? TSH is a lab value that is helpful in determining whether the body is over-producing or under-producing thyroid hormone.

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By fire frog, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/04/12, First Published: 06/27/08