Is my cholesterol too low?

I recently donated blood, and the letter they sent me said my cholesterol was 139. I’m female,age18
5’8” 140 lbs. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not!

5 comments

  • Melmo

    Your cholesterol is fine, better than most and nothing to worry about. Maybe they were just giving you your cholesterol number. It can go as high as 200 but most Doctors like for it to stay around 150. You are just fine.

  • gangadharan nair

    You don’t have Hypolipidemia. Hypolipidemia is defined as a total cholesterol (TC) < 120 mg/dL .

  • Pearl L

    wish mine was that low. ask your doctor

  • JusMe

    It’s really impossible to say anything intelligent from a total cholesterol number.

    Remember, the total is based on the components. You want HDL to be higher. You want LDL to be lower (but it’s more complex than that; big fluffy LDL is ok but small sticky LDL is bad). You want triglycerides to be low. LDL is calculated, usually, using the total, HDL and triglyceride numbers. If your triglyceride number is below 100, you need to use the Iranian formula instead of the usual formula to calculate LDL.

    I’m guessing that your sub-numbers all are pretty low, since your total is pretty low. Which could put you at a higher risk of heart attack, if your HDL is way low. So really, best thing to do is get a full blood test to check all the numbers, or buy yourself a cardiochek home testing unit, if you really get into knowing what the numbers are all the time.

  • Skeptic

    That number is not alarming. However, I’d avoid taking statin drugs and focus on lifestyle improvements.

    https://www.statineffects.com/info/adver…

    These lesser known side effects include:

    "Some people report changes in memory, attention, or concentration on statins. They may have trouble finding the right word; may forget tasks they started to do; and may have trouble following conversations."

    "Some people report changes in mood on statins. These include loss of interest in activities and loss of interest in social involvement. Some people report frank depression, but it is not known if these effects are more common in people on statins than in people who are not."

    "Sleep problems, sexual function problems, fatigue, dizziness and a sense of detachment are also reported with these drugs."

    Excess cholesterol for most people is consumed through an animal-based diet. Diet and lifestyle improvements are superior to any drug to control cholesterol. Why are physicians focusing on drugs rather than diet and lifestyle improvements?

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