150 and below.
I agree with your doctor.
of the sites I find only talk about what is considered too high,
but don't talk about the other end of the spectrum. If 125 is too
low, what can I do to adjust this? Also, as I continue to lose weight,
is it likely that my cholesterol will drop further? I really appreciate
to "hypocholesterolemia" that I have been able to find
in ten years have concerned reproductive problems in animals, alleged
psychiatric and suicide risks in alcoholics who had lowered their
cholesterol levels with drugs, and low cholesterol in certain leukemias,
infections, post traumatic syndromes, and wasting diseases. Mention
in one human study failed to define the range they were talking
about and was not connected to any disease state, only a population
One study that
I do regard as significant suggests that low cholesterol may be
a risk factor in stroke, perhaps reflecting that a certain amount
of cholesterol is needed for tissue synthesis in arteriolar walls.
However, humans synthesize this vital component of all animal cells
and sterol hormones in the amount of ~ 500 mg/day so in short, I
don't think there are adverse effects from low serum cholesterol.
I have known at least two healthy women with cholesterol levels
in the 90s.
In the past
30 years my own cholesterol has ranged from 124-158 without any
adverse symptoms. I have known several healthy athletic women with
cholesterol levels in the 90s. I generally don't regard low cholesterol
as a risk factor for anything, with the possible exception of stroke.
I doubt that there is any such thing as dietary hypocholesterolemia
and if there is, doubt that you have reached it.
As for dropping
lower, it's possible but it could also go back up as you mobilize
fat stores and release cholesterol from your cell membranes.
received a degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley,
where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his degree in
medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, and
received his postgraduate training at San Diego County Hospital.
He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He has been an
Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director of the
Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his retirement
in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.
addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is an accomplished
hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became a skydiver
with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian since 1950,
and vegan since 1963.