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Gluten Free And Cholesterol Is Still Too Low.
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I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003 after a routine blood test revealed total cholesterol levels at around 90 (135-200 normal). I went on a gluten free diet and assumed that the problem had corrected itself. I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and my most recent cholesterol test indicated total cholesterol level at 121. HDL 61, LDL 50. No surprise, I have low vitamin D as well.

Going gluten free is supposed to be curative of low cholesterol, isn't it? Have any of you struggled with low cholesterol even after being gluten free for a while? Will increasing HLD lower total cholesterol? Should I be eating cheeseburgers (gluten free of course)? What course of action have you taken to correct your cholesterol issues?

Your responses are greatly appreciated.

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I posted something similar to this a week ago. :) I have low cholesterol (not as low as yours!) which is odd because my hypothyroidism causes high cholesterol... I guess in the celiac-hypothyroidism cholesterol battle, celiac wins. LOL

It sounds like cholesterol often stays low in celiacs. I've read the HDL will often rise a bit but that's it.

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I posted something similar to this a week ago. :)http://www.celiac.co...cholesterol/��I have low cholesterol (not as low as yours!) which is odd because my hypothyroidism causes high cholesterol... I guess in the celiac-hypothyroidism cholesterol battle, celiac wins. LOL

It sounds like cholesterol often stays low in celiacs. I've read the HDL will often rise a bit but that's it.

Thanks for your input. I read your thread and it does seem to be quite a challenge for us. It looks like I will be switching to whole milk and full fat meats during this pregnancy. Too bad, I thought the levels would normalize after being gluten free.

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Thanks for your input. I read your thread and it does seem to be quite a challenge for us. It looks like I will be switching to whole milk and full fat meats during this pregnancy. Too bad, I thought the levels would normalize after being gluten free.

It's never a bad thing to have low cholesterol. Mine is still low but, I think, reasonable. Last testing, 149 (non-fasting). It originally was around 120-125. Look at it this way...you'll probably never have to worry about heart disease! Be more concerned with raising HDL......mine was in the 20's and now is just under 60.

Good luck and congratulations with the baby!

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It's never a bad thing to have low cholesterol. Mine is still low but, I think, reasonable. Last testing, 149 (non-fasting). It originally was around 120-125. Look at it this way...you'll probably never have to worry about heart disease! Be more concerned with raising HDL......mine was in the 20's and now is just under 60.

Good luck and congratulations with the baby!

Cholesterol that is too low poses many health risks including, connective tissue disorders, chronic inflammation, cancer,. mental illness, depression, anxiety, and mortality. Not to mention that it decreases your ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20626336

http://mefanet.upol.cz/BP/2008/2/181.pdf

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-level/AN01394

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Cholesterol that is too low poses many health risks including, connective tissue disorders, chronic inflammation, cancer,. mental illness, depression, anxiety, and mortality. Not to mention that it decreases your ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/20626336

http://mefanet.upol..../2008/2/181.pdf

http://www.mayoclini...l-level/AN01394

Another area where people are overly worried and there's too much of that going on today. I do not obsess about numbers....ever. I go on how I feel.

I have connective tissue disorders but they came from undiagnosed Celiac Disease. Once I started the gluten-free diet, my 4 AI diseases have gotten remarkably better. My testing for inflammation keep going down the longer I am gluten free but my cholesterol remains on the lowish side.

Do I have trouble absorbing fats? Yup...but not to the point where I have deficiencies. No human body works perfectly but if the worst thing you can say is your cholesterol is a little low, I would say you were lucky. Mine is now around 140 so I am happy with that. You certainly do not want it to be really low but anything over 125 is not too low.

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