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From: Lisa (c-24-131-170-133.mw.client2.attbi.com)
Subject: "dangerously" low cholesterol?
Date: February 18, 2003 at 6:32 pm PST

I don't know if this is the appropriate board to post this question, but here goes:
I recently read that it is possible to have a dangerously low cholesterol level in the blood; that less than 150 is considered life-threatening.
Is this accurate? My cholesterol was checked a couple of years ago and I still have the paperwork - total cholesterol = 139 mg/dl, HDL-C = 85.4 mg/dl, LDL-c = 41 mg/dl. Since then I've had a healthy baby (now 19 months old and still breastfeeding) and am carrying about 5 more pounds than I was then, though my weight is still in the low-healthy range. I've also begun supplementing with EFAs. I eat a relatively balanced veg. diet with small amounts (2-3 servings/week) of organic dairy.
I got it checked at a health fair but never got the chance to meet w/someone to discuss the results; I just received a handout that said that less than 200 mg/dl was desireable, and filed the paper away.
I'm especially concerned about this b/c I know that cholesterol is needed for brain development, and I've just learned that I'm pregnant with my second baby.
Am I really in a dangerous situation?? I feel fine!



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