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Cholesterol levels poll: pls answer even if they're normal!

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by JaimeS, Jul 20, 2017.


What are your cholesterol levels usually, since you've gotten sick?

  1. Very low -- less than 130 mg/dL (3.3618 mmol/L)

  2. Clinically low -- 131 -- 160mg/dL (3.4 -- 4.1 mmol/L)

  3. A bit lower than average -- 161 -- 179mg/dL (4.2 -- 4.6 mmol/L)

  4. Normal or close enough -- 180 -- 200mg/dL (4.65 -- 5.17 mmol / L)

  5. A bit higher than average -- 201 -- 220mg/dL (5.2 -- 5.69 mmol / L)

  6. Clinically high -- 221 -- 250mg/dL (5.7 -- 6.47 mmol / L)

  7. Very high -- higher than 250-mg/dL (6.5 or higher mmol / L)

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  1. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

    @JaimeS do we need cholesterol to build new cells?
  2. JaimeS

    JaimeS Senior Member

    Silicon Valley, CA
    @Mij -- If we want them to function, and not fall apart! :lol: Lipid rafts, of which they are a primary component, are necessary for cell recognition and immune response so far as WBCs are concerned. And in all cells, they help maintain cell integrity and fluidity. A cell would become fragile if the membrane contained zero cholesterol; and depleting the cell of cholesterol is often seen as a way of purposely axing the immune response, in an experimental research setting.
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  3. Gondwanaland

    Gondwanaland Senior Member

    From Dr Lonesdale's new book on Thiamine

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  4. pattismith

    pattismith Senior Member

    So this means that people who eat fat and who have low cholesterol might have good T2 level.

    People with CFS/ME who have high cholesterol may investigate a possibility of lack of T2.

  5. drob31

    drob31 Senior Member


    I was thinking about this. What if the reason that LDL is low is because it's being used up so fast and converted to Preg and downstream hormones? Maybe your body really needs to make cortisol to calm down inflammation and is using allot of LDL?
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  6. Sundancer

    Sundancer Senior Member

    a bit higher then average, I've been ill for 5 years now. Bloodwork from last year. My former GP never took cholesterol so cannot say whether there have been changes.
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  7. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

    I've been tracking my lipid levels for years....getting them measured anywhere from 1 time per year to 3 times per year. My levels are tied to my diet. I have to eat whole foods, plant based, even low glycemic at times to get a reasonable cholesterol level. I don't really agree with the words "clinically low" in the poll describing a cholesterol level of 131 - 160. That is probably correct for values in the USA, but not an accurate description of those populations who don't get heart disease. Mine is 156 (taken in January).

    Some might be interested in these videos by Dr. Kim Williams, past president of the American College of Cardiology, and Dr. Robert Ostfeld. There are more videos by these men (and others) on the Resources page of my blog.
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