Originally Posted by pruitt213
HDL = 43
LDL = 20
Chol/Hdlc Ratio = 1.6
Total Cholesterol = 70
Triglycerides = 34
I am 49, never get enough exercise and eat all the wrong foods. My doctor has no explination for my low numbers. My father also has low numbers. We were wondering if it could be genetic? Has anyone ever heard of such a low LDL number of 20 ?
Mike, I think you are probably just fine. Others have pointed out, and might point out that low cholesterol levels sometimes indicate other afflictions, e.g. cancer. There are some studies that show higher rates of hemorrhagic stroke in those with lower cholesterol. Personally, I would rather keep the cholesterol low.
The lowest I had mine was 96 mg/dL (LDL: 51, HDL: 37, TG: 38). The way I did this was losing weight, exercising and eating low fat.
Just out of curiosity, are you considered normal weight, and do you eat low fat or low carb? Generally a low TG indicates that your body doesn't have much excess TG available that needs to be stored.
As for the HDL of 20, that is your good cholesterol level. Normally, that would put you at high risk for CAD; however, because your LDL is so low, your risk probability is extremely low. The probability of heart disease in those with total C < 150 mg/dL is very low.
You do have the lowest LDL I have heard of, but someone in here did post with an HDL of 13 mg/dL.
Chances are that it is genetic, and if you exercised more, your HDL-C would increase some, and generally, your cholesterol values increase with added sat and trans fats in the diet, or added carbs (increased plasma TG).