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Hello all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I'm a recent convert to vegetarianism (three months) and a couple of weeks ago noticed that I was feeling constantly tired and weary, so I went to my GP to have a bit of a check-up. My blood results came back today and thankfully there are no serious medical problems going on, and my vitamin/nutrient levels are all fine. The result did, however, highlight that fact that my cholesterol level was abnormally low.<br><br>
So, to the question... What more can I do to up my cholesterol? I already eat quite a lot of eggs and cheese, which are always pinpointed as foods to avoid if you want to lower it. What have I got to do? Start eating butter straight from the tub, or something?<br><br>
Has anyone else come across this problem? or is it just me being contrary again? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Which cholestrol was low, the good or bad? If you eat all that egg and cheese I'm inclined to think you're good cholesterol was low.
 

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Both, it would seem. And he had the nerve to tell me to eat an occasional burger. Grr.<br><br>
Thinking about it now, actually, I think I may need to change surgeries.
 

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you need to get all your numbers: hdl, ldl, total and triglycerides. i doubt your ldl's are low. come back and tell us these numbers.<br><br>
some doctors even say these number are worthless and want the berkely lipid profiles, which is going to be a lot more $$ for the test. this breaks down cholesterol in a much more detailed way. there are several subtypes. but it's gonna cost you.
 

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"The normal low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol range is 50 to 70 mg/dl for native hunter-gatherers, healthy human neonates, free-living primates, and other wild mammals (all of whom do not develop atherosclerosis)." From study below.<br><br>
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2004 Jun 2;43(11):2142-6. Optimal low-density lipoprotein is 50 to 70 mg/dl: lower is better and physiologically normal. O'Keefe JH Jr, Cordain L, Harris WH, Moe RM, Vogel R.<br><br>
That level of LDL probably equates to about 120-150 mg/dl 'total' cholesterol. (3-4 mmol/L in UK/Aust units). If you're in this range and HDL is around 40 mg/dl (1.0 mmol/L), and you are well in other respects, then your cholesterol is not 'too' low.
 

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My cholesterol is very low, too. Right now it's 108. The ratio between LDL and HDL is perfect, though, so I'm not worried and neither are any of my doctors.<br>
Ask your doctor what the real issue is. If your doc really thinks you need to raise your cholesterol, that can usually be done by increasing your intake of saturated fat without having to eat more animal products.
 

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Vegetarianism aside, burgers are one of the worst things a person can eat. I can't help but lift an eyebrow at the fact that your doctor chose that particular food as a recommendation to "improve" your diet. Most doctors would at least recommend a few ounces of lean chicken or fish... not just jump to a grease-burger as a healthy choice!!!<br><br>
Through the horrible wonders of animal testing, it's been determined that not only does the human body not have a need for dietary cholesterol... but the human body doesn't have any mechanisms to deal with excess dietary cholesterol. In fact, they have a hard time testing new cholesterol-lowering medication, because in order to test it, you must give an animal high cholesterol... something that is exceedingly difficult since animals who eat meat have bodies that deal with the cholesterol somehow. Ours doesn't.<br><br>
Anyways... sorry for my rant.<br>
If your cholesterol is illegitimately way too low, which is rare, you need better medical care than a "burger." You'd need real medical treatment since the human body is supposed to produce all the cholesterol that it needs. If yours isn't, you need to speak to a doctor with better medical advice.<br><br>
I hope you are able to get a second opinion.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>J73</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2928671"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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As a side note, I wouldn't put it past Dr. Eat-a-burger to think that having cholesterol lower than his "normal" kind of patients constitutes "abnormally low."<br><br>
If you are unable to see another doctor, at least get your cholesterol numbers from your doc and compare to online cholesterol charts.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Hazelnut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2928944"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
As a side note, I wouldn't put it past Dr. Eat-a-burger to think that having cholesterol lower than his "normal" kind of patients constitutes "abnormally low.".</div>
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That was my thought as well.
 

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Dr Esselstyne want everyone's cholesterol level to be below 150 to prevent heart disease.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElaineV</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2928929"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My cholesterol is very low, too. Right now it's 108. The ratio between LDL and HDL is perfect, though, so I'm not worried and neither are any of my doctors.<br>
Ask your doctor what the real issue is. If your doc really thinks you need to raise your cholesterol, that can usually be done by increasing your intake of saturated fat without having to eat more animal products.</div>
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what are your hdl and ldl, and triglycerides?
 
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