Having very low cholesterol linked to increased risk of stroke, study finds

Dietition Dawn Jackson Blatner discusses what to know about a new study from researchers at Penn State University that found having very low cholesterol might not always be a good thing.
2:13 | 07/03/19

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Transcript for Having very low cholesterol linked to increased risk of stroke, study finds
Now to a "Gma" health alert. We all know the risk when your bad Klis gets too high but can it also get too low? This new study out of Penn state warns if it does there is an increased risk of stroke. Dawn Jackson platter in is here with this. Tell us about the study and what our lives should be. Usually when you talk about cholesterol, right, everybody is talking about the high cholesterol, you know, this study is the opposite. This is talking about low cholesterol and going too low can increase your risk of stroke. So here's the deal. So 100 is usually what we say to be below for that ldl or bad cholesterol. This study said, hey, wait a second. If it gets to 70, you have an increased risk of stroke, but if it gets below 50, your increased risk is 170%. Something tells me you're not surprised by this. I'm not. Cholesterol does actually healthy things in our body, okay. So we naturally produce cholesterol. Cholesterol is part of every one of our cells. It helps with hormone production, vitamin D. I think this is a good reminder, hey, wait a sick, cholesterol actually is something that we But who should be concerned, though? So after reading this, really the average person doesn't need to be concerned, okay. So it's really a good reminder to get them checked, right. But anybody on cholesterol lowering medication, they should still take that medication, but talk to your doctor to make sure not only your cholesterol is not too high but know that it's not going too low. You know some people will see this and go, ho, this means I can eat up whatever I like. Not so fat, right. Right. Why is the burger on my side. I pushed that right over there. And the bacon. You caught me. But really this is a good reminder of a study of balance. Nothing too high. Nothing too low. Everything in moderation and balance so if you wanted a burger and fries maybe ditch the fries and put some veggies with it. Maybe bacon with a bowl of oatmeal and berries. Everything in moderation is a good reminder. Eggs, make an omelet with om vegetables. Make a nice veggie omelet. Do I get an egg? Here.

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