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Default Cholesterol too low (74)? – 08-16-2009, 01:06 AM

A few years ago my overall cholesterol was 90. I saw my PCP today, to follow up with new anxiety and b/p melds, and she said my most recent overall cholesterol is 74. She joked and said people pay good money for melds to get a number twice that (stat ins).

I am in general fair health (history of cancer, toxemia during pregnancy, asthma, chronic UTIs, MTHFR, blah, blah, blah….). But I’m tired and anxious and feel like crap often.

Could any of this be related to my cholesterol being too low?
   
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Default 08-17-2009, 01:06 AM

Excellent question! Lipids – including cholesterol – are essential for life. The cell membrane is a lip-protein matrix. If the cholesterol level is ‘too low’ it may lead to trans-membrane functional abnormalities with adverse health outcomes. This conclusion is based upon animal studies and only the earliest of lipid trials prior to the development of HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors or ‘stat ins’. The problem is that we lack a reliable definition of what is too low. When I suggest that there may be adverse health outcomes symptoms such as anxiety, malaise, and fatigue have not been demonstrated. It would be helpful to know the complete lipid profile and not simply the total cholesterol level. If I find that a person’s LDL cholesterol is less than their HDL cholesterol I always order more sophisticated lipid testing. It is possible for example to fractionate the fractions of cholesterol, to measure the density of these fractions, and the particle count within each molecule. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR
   
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Default 08-18-2009, 01:06 AM

Anything below 200 is good…yours is excellent. As far as your general health and your low cholesterol level…you would have to ask your PCP
   
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Default 08-21-2009, 01:06 AM

74!!! Gee why can’t you feel good about that?
Don’t you even feel lucky?………..taking account of your background history AND your current malaise both not much different than half the worlds population & probably better than some in one given day?
74!!! Oh how I wish I were in your shoes.
Low cholesterol has nothing to do with fatigue or anxiety.
   
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Default 08-26-2009, 01:06 AM

There are more diseases linked to lower total cholesterol than to high total cholesterol…

Read what I wrote on another question about cholesterol…

Study up on the Omega 3 vs Omega 6 ratio. Avoid Omega 6 as much as possible and increase the consumption of foods containing Omega 3, like "wild caught" Salmon. If you can’t eat fish 2 or 3 times a week, take an Omega 3 DHA supplement 3 times a day. (Store your Omega 3 supplements in the refrigerator)

Eating foods such as real cheese and drinking Organic (grass-fed) Whole Milk will also raise your "good" HDL levels, improving your overall lipid profile. Eating full-fat Organic Yogurt, (with live cultures), has also shown to be beneficial in regards to your overall lipid profile, and raising HDL levels. Use real organic (grass-fed) Butter, not margarine. In fact, avoid trans-fat as much as possible. Avoid processed foods that contain "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils in the ingredient list. Avoid highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable or seed oils in cooking. They are rancid, deodorized oils that turn into toxic trans-fats when heated. They are also notorious for lowering your immune system. Natural (grass-fed) saturated fats improve the immune system.

Avoid foods that use or contain powdered milk, powdered eggs, powdered cheese, powdered butter (or oil), and artificial dairy creamers.

Avoid eating a high carbohydrate diet with lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, soft drinks, cakes, pastries, etc. They increase the "bad" small, dense VLDL and triglycerides. It’s important to note that all carbohydrates that are made of sugar, or turn to sugar in your body, will raise your triglycerides. But eating fish or taking a regular molecularLyistilled Omega-3 DHA supplement will reduce them.

Remember to eat foods rich in both Vitamin K-2 and magnesium.

Cook with either Virgin Coconut Oil (not hydrogenated, or refined), or "Cold Pressed" Pure 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil. (Be sure to store your Olive Oil in a dark cool area, like the pantry, to keep it from becoming rancid)

When you eat salads, or vegetables, it is important to consume them with some type of oil in order to absorb the vitamins & nutrients. Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic (grass-fed) Butter is ideal for this.

Take at least 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day, (preferably one with "olive oil", not soy).

In a Framington, Massachusetts study, Dr. William Castelli noted:
"…the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower peoples serum cholesterol… we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active."

The only problem with this though, is the fact they started feeding our meat products with grain and little to no grass after the 1940’s. This lowered the Omega 3 fatty acids in saturated fat from our meat products, thus contributing to the Omega 3 vs Omega 6 imbalance in our diets. Omega 6 is very pro-inflammatory and is the predominate fatty acid in "grain-fed" meat products. This is why it is important to eat meat products that are "grass-fed"…OR supplement your diet with more natural Omega 3 whole foods, or supplements, to create a balance in your body.

Keep in mind that "low total cholesterol" has been linked to a multitude of diseases. Low total cholesterol actually makes an excellent "marker" for cancer. The 200 mg/dL cut-off for total cholesterol as the best level was chosen so they could put the majority of the population on statins. It was a number chosen more for money, than health. Actually the healthiest total cholesterol level should fall somewhere between 220 mg/dL and 240 mg/dL. Centenarians have also been studied. They generally have higher total cholesterol levels than those who don’t live as long. They also have a healthier Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio in their diets. The "Get With The Guidelines" (GWTG) study, (see last link below), even showed that lower LDL cholesterol, (the "bad cholesterol"), was strongly linked to an increase in coronary artery disease. Those with a "LOWER" LDL cholesterol level, between 80 mg/dL and 100 mg/dL, appear to be most at risk for coronary artery disease when you review the results of this study.

With that said, beer, red wine and dark chocolate appear to be healthy in moderation…
   
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Default 08-28-2009, 01:06 AM

It could be related. An abnormally low cholesterol can indicate a problem . There are many can be many causes and symptoms. Some causes are; hyperthyroidism, ( an overactive thyroid gland), liver disease, absorption or inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines. In some cases a very low cholesterol level can be just as serious as too high a level. It is essential for cell structure in your body. Under normal circumstances your body will produce around 1,000 mg over a 24 hour period. . An ideal total blood cholesterol level should be in the 110 mg to 130mg range. Most individuals live most of their lives with a range of 150 to 170. This is because most people add more cholesterol from the foods they eat. The body will attempt to compensate for excess dietary cholesterol by synthesizing less. Eat too much and it will start to remain in circulation in your blood and eventually collect on artery walls. With your low cholesterol I suggest you look into it in more detail.
   
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Default 04-04-2013, 02:32 AM

People can maintain the cholesterol level by managing healthy food habits. People should also know about the food substances which can help them to reduce cholesterol level. Food substances like fruits, non-fat food products, garlic, green tea, fiber rich food, oaks etc are really very helpful to reduce cholesterol level.
   
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Default 05-17-2013, 09:25 AM

Dude that’s not that bad. Try to find some sport to play with your buddies.I know running all by yourself can be boring. You can also find more information about cholesterol on different thread I have high cholesterol?
   
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