Updated: Jul 12, 2019
If something is truly "bad" isn't the lower the better?
The New York Times recently summarized new - but not surprising - findings - LDL that is too low presents a significant stroke risk.
Interestingly, the level that creates this massive increase in hemorrhagic stroke is a LDL target that your doctor wants you to achieve! https://tinyurl.com/yydhmbeb
Summary: Take your statin drug - lower your LDL per doctor's order - Increase Stroke risk dramatically
This is not a small study and included 96,043 people for an average of nine years.
Low LDL values don't just cause strokes. It's very well known that low LDL values (<100 mg/dL) - especially when artificially lowered with a statin or other drug - cause severe mood disorders including "violent deaths," usually caused by suicide. This article was published in 2000. https://tinyurl.com/yxnwe2g2
Please "ask your doctor" (as so many drug commercials say) why this might be the case. Sadly few understand because cholesterol has been so demonized in our society. I have asked many doctors the following question, "What other substance, other than cholesterol, that is produced in our Liver, is harmful to our health and causes disease?" No one can name a single substance! So how can this one molecule be the only one that our own bodies make to harm us?
Quick Fact: Your brain holds 25% of the cholesterol in your body. Since your brain is quite small compared to the rest of your body, your brain holds 10 TIMES MORE CHOLESTEROL compared to the average in the rest of your body. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/cholesterol-the-mind-and-the-brain
I highly recommend you read this article where Harvard explains high cholesterol levels in the brain and states that new guidelines call for reducing LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels to 70 mg/dL - an amount that dramatically raises your stroke risk. Of course, stroke is a breaching of a large blood vessel servicing your brain. Do you see the paradox here? At least Harvard recognizes this low LDL value is NOT good for your brain.