Question: Can a person's cholesterol be too low?
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes. Cholesterol is essential for normal brain development, and deficiencies can cause serious internal diseases, poor absorption of nutrients, and liver disease.
Cholesterol is synthesized in the liver. Low levels of cholesterol in the absence of medication are a concern, and should be brought to your doctor's attention.
We generally like to see high levels of protective HDL "good" cholesterol, and low levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol. Healthy levels can reduce the risk of heart or arterial disease, stroke, and diabetes.
In other words, our bodies need cholesterol for normal brain cell function and vascular health, so low levels should prompt you to seek a doctor for a general health exam and meaningful risk assessment.
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