Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is My Cholesterol Too Low?

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 01:40 PM

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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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