If you watch much TV it seems every other commercial is about lowering cholesterol. But, can your cholesterol be too low? Your body needs at least some cholesterol to function. But what is the cut-off?
Unfortunately, the answer is nobody knows for sure but the old standard for person at risk for heart disease is under 70mg/dL. However, a recent review of the "mother of all cholesterol studies, "JUPITER" revealed that those who achieved an LDL cholesetrol under 50mg/dL had a dramatic reduction in cardiovascular events (65%) with no increase in ill effects over those who did not lower it as much (while taking a statin).
You can read about it here.
I have asked docs and read articles that suggests the practical lower limit is probably around 40mg/dL and there are some studies that suggest risks of cancer and even psychological problems at low cholesterol levels - but again - no one knows for certain just yet.
So, what is your cholesterol and what do your doctors say?
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