A 43-year-old male asked:
Is there any downside to having a ldl level as low as 37m/l?
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Internal Medicine 29 years experience
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 37 years experience
Depends on cause: Patients with genetically determined low cholesterol levels (inherited) seem to do just fine , assuming all else is ok. They have no neurologic problems, no issues with fertility & no increased risk of cancer. If the low LDL is from a secondary cause, such as a gastrointestinal disorder, or perhaps due to another wasting illness, infection, etc. Than the underlying cause needs to be treated.
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Last updated Aug 23, 2013
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