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Low Cholesterol just as bad as...

Written By Martin S Gildea DC CFMP DACBN on October 8, 2019

Is your medical doctor pressuring you about your cholesterol number?  They may not know! 

Blood work results from a couple patient's I recently had tested, showed normal levels of total cholesterol even though they were both in the 115-120 range. Most lab reference/normall ranges of total cholesterol are between 150-200 but we all know about the unfounded disdain the medical profession seems to have with cholesterol- number 2 most importatnt anti-oxidant in the human body! Instead of telling patients with lower cholesterlol that they are more at risk of getting a terrible disease or having an early death, they give them a pat on the back and want the patient to be their new poster child for what the ideal cholesterol number should be. 

I want to say that my late father was somethwat obsessed with the cholesterol number. When it came to listening to the Cardiologists on the subject, he drank the proverbial "coolaide". I only bring this up because years ago he told me his cholesterol was 104. I said, "dad that is way to low". He said his cardiologist said it can never be too low. I thought to myself "that should be a malpractice statement". Cholesterol levels as low as his indicate severe liver stress and death much sooner than later. He died a couple months after telling me how low his cholesterol was. He was on a low dose statin. So please research the dangers of statins on your own before just blindly following your doctor's advice. I just ran across this interesting article:


Study Finds that Low Cholesterol in Elderly Doubles Risk of Early Death

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

Study finds that elderly with cholesterol less that 189 had a double risk of dying.

Physicians were informed to consider very low levels of cholesterol as potential warning signs of a serious disease or as signals of rapidly declining health.



The study included 4520 men and women between the ages of 65-84.
The study concluded that low total cholesterol was associated with a higher risk of death.

Low cholesterol level is a robust predictor of mortality in the nondemented elderly and may be a surrogate of frailty or subclinical disease according to the research team.

Dr. Grisanti's Comments:
As more research is conducted, I am confident that the truth will prevail and show that cholesterol is not so bad after all. Unfortunately, I am saddened to say that there will be many unnecessary deaths due to people striving to lower cholesterol levels.


Brescianini S, Maggi S, Farchi G, Mariotti S, Di Carlo A, Baldereschi M, Inzitari D; ILSA Group. Low total cholesterol and increased risk of dying: are low levels clinical warning signs in the elderly? Results from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jul;51(7):991-6.

Schupf N, Costa R, Luchsinger J, Tang MX, Lee JH, Mayeux R. Relationship between plasma lipids and all-cause mortality in nondemented elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Feb;53(2):219-26.