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Unusually low triglycerides?!?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 22, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I've heard of low triglycerides...but this seems scarily low...

Triglycerides: 17

Cholesterol: 233

HDL: 86

LDL: 144

Any ideas on what would cause this scenario and what one would do about it?

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on December 22, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Thank you for sharing that.

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I think very low triglycerides would be associated with hyperthyroidism, and high triglycerides would be hypothyroidism.

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on October 22, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Good genetics. I just started googling and looking up the ratios of HDL to Tri, yours and the one in the OP seem to actually be pretty darn good.

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on October 22, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Awesome information. This is actually an older females test results....

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on October 22, 2012
at 04:35 AM

On a blog post about a recent radio interview, Chris Masterjohn said this:

"At 38:49, Dr. Noel asks me about female patients with triglyceride levels of 20-30 mg/dL. I suggested hypobetalipoproteinemia. Hypobetalipoproteinemia and abetalipoproteinemia are genetic disorders that can lead to very low triglycerides, but if they result in triglycerides below 30 mg/dL, they will generally result in total cholesterol below 100 mg/dL (1). According to the current medical literature (1), blood lipids this low can also result from medical causes such as liver disease and hyperthyroidism, or "lifestyle" causes such as veganism and malnutrition (malnutrition could also be secondary to fat malabsorption). If triglycerides are this low while cholesterol is normal or high, however, I would suspect that a low carbohydrate intake would be the cause. I wouldn't be too concerned about this unless there were signs of other problems such as low thyroid function".

Hope this helps, it seems like with your LDL levels where they are you might be alright.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on October 22, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Awesome information. This is actually an older females test results....

Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on December 22, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Thank you for sharing that.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on October 22, 2012
at 11:35 AM

Maybe underlaying hypothyroidism?

4a3611b0503cbc5ee14d8d1d566c7f44

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I think very low triglycerides would be associated with hyperthyroidism, and high triglycerides would be hypothyroidism.

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on October 22, 2012
at 04:40 AM

I had a lipid panel done in August. TC: 233 HDL: 136 LDL: 92 Tri: 27. So, not so different than you. However, I've only been eating paleo/primal for about a year. Interestingly, my triglycerides have historically been low, always less than 30 going back at least 15 years. Probably a genetic thing.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on October 22, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Good genetics. I just started googling and looking up the ratios of HDL to Tri, yours and the one in the OP seem to actually be pretty darn good.

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on December 22, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Very low triglyceride level. Hmm. how to lower triglicerides

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