Is your cholesterol too LOW?

It's got a name custom-created to instill fear: "bad cholesterol."

So when your doc tells you it's time to cut your levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol, you might not even bother to ask questions.

If it's BAD, you want it GONE.

But here's a reality check you won't hear from your own doctor: Some 75 percent of all heart attack patients have "perfect" cholesterol levels -- including HALF of all who die suddenly from cardiac problems.

If that's not a sure sign that cholesterol fears are overblown, I don't know what is.

Now, the latest research shows how following your doctor's orders to bring down your bad cholesterol levels could be BAD for you.

At best, it's a waste of time and could expose you to the side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

And at worst, cutting those levels just might kill you, according to the study.

If that's not BAD, I don't know what is!

In 80 percent of cases, folks with supposedly "high" levels of LDL cholesterol live LONGER than folks with normal cholesterol, according to the review of 19 studies involving nearly 70,000 patients.

If LDL were truly such a bad guy, how could that possibly be?

Answer: Your doctor's understanding of cholesterol is based on a gross over-simplification -- and it's one that's been deliberately pushed by the mainstream not to save lives, but to sell cholesterol meds.

It's worked like a charm, too, as statins have become some of the top-selling drugs on the planet.

So let me set the record straight here... and help you sort GOOD from BAD.

You BAD cholesterol is pretty important, as you need it to haul fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K, and E as well as CoQ10 around your body.

When you fall short, your body can't use those nutrients -- even when you get them from diet and supplements.

You also need it for mood, memory and your immune system... and it can even protect you against certain forms of cancer.

The biggest risk factor isn't LDL levels on their own, but particle size and how much of that LDL has oxidized -- and any doc who doesn't take all of that into considering is completely missing the big picture.

Sure, it's possible to have too much LDL, and the study finds bringing very high levels into the "moderate" zone will cut your risk of serious heart problems, stroke, and even death by about 13 percent.

Cutting them further won't help. It could hurt you... even kill you... and if you take a statin, your cholesterol levels could sink to dangerously low levels.

If your levels are truly too high, simple lifestyle changes can usually bring them right to where they should be. And if you need more help, try red yeast rice, which can help bring BAD cholesterol to the moderate levels you need for GOOD health.