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    An_251376 posted:
    Total =135 (down from 210)
    LDL = 65 (down from 135)
    bobby75703 responded:
    Be careful. Once your Total drops below 120, and LDL below 50, you enter hypolipidemia which bears its own risks.
    billh99 replied to bobby75703's response:

    [a name="v991372"> Hypolipidemia is defined as a total cholesterol (TC) < 120 mg/dL (< 3.1 mmol/L) or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol < 50 mg/dL (< 0.13 mmol/L). Secondary causes are far more common than primary causes and include all of the following:
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Chronic infections and other inflammatory states
    • Hematologic and other cancers
    • Undernutrition (including that accompanying chronic alcohol use)
    • Malabsorption
    The unexpected finding of low cholesterol or low LDL cholesterol in a patient not taking a lipid-lowering drug should prompt a diagnostic evaluation, including measurements of AST, ALT, and thyroid-stimulating hormone; a negative evaluation suggests a possible primary cause.

    BTW, did you see my latest posted under the pinned Cholesterol Check Challenge thread.

    TC 113
    HDL 59
    LDL 47
    Trig 35

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