Low Total Cholesterol?

I recently took a pre-Life Insurance medical test that included urine and blood work. My total cholesterol was 139 which registered as too low. Is this something to worry about? I am a 24 yr old male, 5’9” 155 lbs. I am (obviously) not overweight but am not underweight either. I don’t eat poorly; I don’t drink anything with calories besides beer on the weekends. Are there other contributing factors to low total cholesterol? Is this indicative of nutritional deficiencies or general diet inadequacies?

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  • Cammie =]

    If all you have is a total cholesterol level – it’s hard to answer that question. There are obviously parts that add up to total. HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol. You want it to be as high as possible. Without knowing you specifics, I would say that if you increase your good cholesterol, you could get your total cholesterol into a good range and improve your health at the same time. Your LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol and you want it as low as possible. The following website lists ways to improve your cholesterol.

    Good for you for being concerned about your health before it’s a problem!

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