by Tracy Freeman MD
Many Americans are preoccupied with high cholesterol. But, are you aware that cholesterol can actually be too low?
Unfortunately, this diagnostic clue is often overlooked. A low cholesterol can signify many issues including hyperthyroidism, liver disease, manganese deficiecy, malabsorption, or malnutrition. A total cholesterol less than 160 has been associated with depression and anxiety, while less than 150 has been linked to strokes. In hospitalized patients, a cholesterol less than 100 is linked to an increased risk of death. Without proper cholesterol, you can't make vitamin D. Furthermore, a person with a low cholesterol is more likely to have aggressive behavior, violent death, or suicide.
Can you just eat your way to a normal cholesterol? Not necessarily. Perhaps a liver and/or nutritional evaluation is in order among other examinations. So, if you are concerned with low cholesterol, I recommend you see a physician to undergo a work-up.