Cholesterol: How Low is TOO Low? What is YOUR Cholesterol?

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-06-23 21:19:23 -0500
Started 2011-04-19 00:20:45 -0500

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?


6 replies

berrykins0 2011-06-22 18:08:55 -0500 Report

mine are total 118 my ldl 66 hdl 39 trig67 nonhdlc 79

HeartHawk 2011-06-23 21:19:23 -0500 Report


Excellent numbers! Very similar to what I shoot for in my Track Your Plaque program. That LDL is still a little low though. You want to shoot for over 40 (50 for women). If you hit over 60 you can actually subtract a risk factor according to the latest AHA guidelines.


BandonBob 2011-05-04 09:02:33 -0500 Report

My doctor is very hapy with my readings, Total is 135, Ldl 67, HDL 57, Triglycerides 70. She says she sees no way without dramatically increasing medication to improve them muxh more and that I shouldn't worry about them but keep on as I am.

HeartHawk 2011-05-04 23:21:26 -0500 Report


Those are GREAT numbers! Very close to the 60/60/60 values recommended by Dr. Davis as part of his "Track Your Plaque" heart disease prevention and reversal program (the one I'm on).

Keep up the good work!


Food Passionisto
Food Passionisto 2011-04-19 21:00:22 -0500 Report

Interesting question an well answered—but here is the flip side of the coin—-many people do not think of managing LDL cholesterol if their levels are in the 130-160 range (i.e. medications are often not recommended at this level) but optimal LDL cholesterol —- at least from the cardiovascular perspective —- has been defined as under 100mg/dl.

HeartHawk 2011-04-20 00:49:17 -0500 Report


Well said! Given my family history one would have thought my trusted doc of 25 years would have given this advice. Alas, he did not. Alas, I fired him!