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I just had a overall check-up recently and had all sorts of tests done. Among all the results only my cholesterol is out of normal range (too low), I was wondering what this means? My doctor didn't say anything about it and I didn't think about asking her during the appointments. Is there any health consequences to low cholesterol? Should I do anything about it?<br><br>
I usually eat a balanced diet with plenty of meat, fish and eggs.
 

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I have low cholesterol! It was 138 when it was tested a few months ago, with HDL of 70, LDL was 54. My health is really messed up. How do you feel?<br><br>
Cholesterol's important for a lot of things, but I don't know if there's a hard-and-fast rule about how much _everyone_ needs. It's used to make hormones, progesterone and related ones. Also used for vitamin D production from sunshine. And depression risks increase with low cholesterol, but again, it's hard to know what would be adequate for any individual. I'm sure there's other stuff that cholesterol is important for as well. I think mine should be higher, and I think I'll feel better when it is higher.
 

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Your adrenals are what produce cholesterol in your body. You could have adrenal fatigue. For most people, I think it usually shows as low blood sugar first though. Just throwing out an idea.<br>
Cholesterol is used to produce vitamin D and pregnenalone (sp?) which is the precursor to every other adrenal hormone, including cortisol, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.
 

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I have low cholesterol, too and my hormones are all messed up. Are you getting enough calories? My ND told me to eat more.
 

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Well I've been feeling rather crappy and tired, that's why I got all those tests done. My cycles are still normal. My doctor did suggest I take fish/salmon oil. So if I eat lots of eggs and shrimps, maybe fish roe, that should help, right?
 

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Did you have thyroid tests run? And do you have a copy of the results? People often feel good in a much narrower range than "normal." Adrenal and thyroid function are also intertwined and stress on one system can affect the other.<br><br>
Are you charting your cycles? I can see that mine are messed up because my luteal phase is too short, my post-ovulation temps are too low, and I have lots of cervical fluid (lots on too many days) so too much estrogen.<br><br>
I eat a lot of eggs, was eating them for breakfast pretty much every day for at least 6 months before my labwork, and if that raised my cholesterol, well, yikes, I don't know how low it was before. But honestly, I'm not sure it had an effect for me. But maybe it would for other people.<br><br>
Adrenals would be a good place to start reading--there's a big adrenal thread that usually stays within a few pages of the top page and has lots of info so you can see if that seems like your situation.
 

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By low, do you mean it was a lot lower than the last time you had it checked?Or is it just usually on the low side? Some people just have naturally low cholesterol. I wouldn't worry about it unless your level had suddenly dropped. What were your numbers? Did they check HDL and LDL?<br><br>
Sorry you're feeling bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm guessing they checked your iron levels? Were those okay? I was feeling really wiped out and tired and I took Floradix Iron + Herbs for a few weeks and that helped a lot.
 
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