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From: Gary Comcast (
Subject: Cholesterol levels below or above 150
Date: June 12, 2005 at 7:59 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: low cholesterol results posted by Mark Tyler on June 12, 2005 at 3:31 pm:

Since your chances of a heart attack are nearly zero when your cholesterol is at or below 150, it makes sense not to want it above that level.

Cholesterol has an extraordinarily important function in an organism; it is the critical compound for life. It is the basic component of the cell membrane, bile acids, steroid hormones, and, in conjunction with sunlight, vitamin D3. Cholesterol is the precursor or the building block for the basic hormones: pregnenolone, DHEA, progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Since cholesterol is so important for our bodies, and nobody with a documented cholesterol level of less than 150 has had a heart attack, should we strive for less than 150?

For that matter, since there is a stronger correlation with CRP to heart attacks than there is to cholesterol, should cholesterol even be our primary concern?

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