What's bad about low HDL and LDL cholesterol?
June 16, 2009 1:59 PM Subscribe
I know that HDL (good cholesterol) is supposed to help lower LDL (bad cholesterol), but is it dangerous to have very low HDL levels, if your LDL is also low?
posted by CrazyLemonade to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My husband’s a little overweight (not a lot, but enough to make him snore at night), so he’s been going to a doctor to help him get the extra weight off. After some tests, he was told that his bad cholesterol is very low (yay!) but his good cholesterol is also very low (23 mg/dL, I think), when ideally it should be above 40.
Most of what I’ve read says that it’s good idea to increase your HDL, but mostly because it helps lower LDL, but I don’t understand if there’s a danger in having them both be very low. The doctor mostly said things like “exercise more, get more fiber”, and said that low HDL has been linked to heart attacks in otherwise apparently healthy people, but that’s about all the explanation that we got. Does anyone here have a similar experience or a better understanding of this situation?
By the way, I’ve already seen this thread.