A 43-year-old male asked:

Is there any downside to having a ldl level as low as 37m/l?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chong Kim
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Low energy: If you lower your LDL level below 50, it means your total cholesterol is also very low. You may have dramatically lowered your heart attack and stroke risk , but too low cholesterol can lead to decreased production if your sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Testosterone is responsible for strength and well-being in men (and women).
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Dr. James Underberg
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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