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What are the possible causes of lower than normal cholesterol?

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Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Below: Look at the internet for complete answer, but here is a summary of possible causes. Possible causes of low cholesterol are:[citation needed] statins hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland adrenal insufficiency liver disease malabsorption (inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines), such as in celiac disease malnutrition abetalipoproteinemia - a rare genetic disease that causes cholesterol readings below 50 mg/dl. It is found mostly in Jewish populations.[2] hypobetalipoproteinemia - a genetic disease that causes cholesterol readings below 50 mg/dl[2] manganese deficiency Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome Marfan syndrome leukemias and other hematological diseases[3]
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
You neglected to indicate the exact levels of LDL, HDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol. Often a "low cholesterol" is GOOD.
Apr 28, 2016

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