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From: Nic (
Subject:         I few more things to concider
Date: March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm PST

In Reply to: Help! I think my cholesterol is too low! posted by john l on March 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm:

You shared that your cholesterol level was at 123 mg/dL. You also need to consider what proportion of that is HDL and how much of it is LDL. These numbers might also provide hints as to any underlying problem. Your triglycerides coming in at 178 mg/dL is above ideal, but strikes me as high considering your low total cholesterol. This should be looked at and evaluated along side your LDL count.
Jeff has offered you a lot of good information. I think you should reread his post on the 8th in particular. The cholesterol issue could just be a parallel flag rather than a particular problem. Malabsorption or malnutrition could be the cause of your mental distress, with low cholesterol as a corollary rather than cause. If you aren't consuming or absorbing enough of certain nutrients (such as magnesium), that could be acerbating your depression.
It is good that you are asking questions and seeking answers. Make sure and share it all with your health care professional. Some people clam up in front to the authority of the ‘white coat’, but health practitioners need full input to be effective. If your naturopath seems well qualified, but doesn’t provide answers that add up seek other (qualified) medical help.

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