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Low Cholesterol Concerns in Children with Autism

Introduction

Cholesterol is an essential fat extremely important for brain functioning.  It is required to produce steroid hormones and bile salts, to insulate the nerves of the peripheral nervous system of the myelin sheath, to assist in the functioning of the cell membrane, to help modulate Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), to maintain serotonin in the brain, and also an important component in activating sonic hedgehog, a necessary developmental protein.  Sonic hedge hog is instrumental in the development of T-cells in the thymus which regulates the immune system.  The normal range of cholesterol should be between 160 mg/dL and 200 mg/dL.  Many ASD children have been found to be below 160 mg/dL which may possibly indicate a genetic disease relating to cholesterol metabolism and also associated with autism, called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS).  Low levels of cholesterols are, however, an issue for ASD children and improvements have been documented in areas of aggressive and self-injurious behaviors, sleepless nights, physical walking difficulties, socialization, speech, decreased infections and skin rashes, improved muscle tone, weight gain, increase growth spurts, decreased tactile sensitivities and overall decreased autistic behaviors.

Related Sites

Kurt Woeller DO (Low Cholesterol)
Description:  Kurt Woeller DO explains about the issues surrounding low cholesterol and autism and how to treat the problem.

Cholesterol and Health
Description:  This site provides a full list of foods high in cholesterol, information pertaining to how our bodies need cholesterol and what happens when cholesterol is low.

Cholesterol Balance – A Major Factor in Many Chronic Disorders
Description:  William Shaw, PhD, of the Great Plains Lab, discusses the risks of low and high cholesterol and the testing that the GPL offers.

Low Cholesterol Levels Connected to Childhood Disorders
Description:  This site provides information about how low cholesterol levels are connected to childhood disorders. In addition, there are references to Pub Med articles on low cholesterol.

Deficient Cholesterol Common New Factor in Autism
Description:  Cholesterol supplementation helps many children with autism. Read about how Paulina became a different child by eating eggs.

Books

Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake
Description:  This diet book discusses Low Cholesterol and Autism on pages 62-64

Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
Description:  Dr. Permutter discusses how carbs are bad and how the brain needs saturated fats and cholesterol to function.

Autism: Beyond the Basics by William Shaw
Description:  This book accounts for much of Dr. William Shaw’s work over many years with the autism population. Some of the topics you will find in his book include: cholesterol deficiency, carnosine therapy, GI abnormalities, lithium deficiency, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, copper/zinc imbalance, chemical and food sensitivities, oxalate toxicity, homeopathy, and methylcobalamin.

Tools

Low Cholesterol, Autism and Oxytocin Receptors
Description:  Low cholesterol is a condition that can occur in autism. Raising levels can be helpful for those with low cholesterol and cognitive problems. Sonic cholesterol is a nutritional supplement that supports healthy cholesterol levels. Make sure to contact a healthcare provider or clinical nutritionist before you start taking any supplement.

Body Bio Fatty Acid Report
Description:  Body Bio uses John Hopkins Gold Standard laboratory to do a Red Cell Fatty Acid Analysis which is an in-depth review of essential fatty acids including cholesterol in order to understand the health of every cell membrane in the body.

Ohio State Studying how Cholesterol Levels Affect Autism
Description:  Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center are studying how cholesterol added to the diets of ASD children can improve core symptoms of autism.

Cholesterol Range Chart Normal Cholesterol Levels Table
Description:  A page with charts depicting cholesterol levels, normal ranges, triglyceride numbers as well as total cholesterol and lipid test numbers. In addition, tactics to lower cholesterol are provided.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  Life on the Roller Coaster
Description:  What to do when cholesterol levels, autism and brain functioning become too low – Sonic Cholesterol.

Forum/Blog Name:  Autism Jabberwocky
Description:  Studying Low Cholesterol in Autism.

Forum/Blog Name:  Cholesterol: When Less is Not Better
Description:  This blog discusses information pertaining to the effects of low cholesterol and autism and a study with 900 children with autism at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development investigating the link between cholesterol and autism.

Forum/Blog Name:  When Less is Not Better
Description:  This blog discusses the many issues associated with low cholesterol and how low cholesterol affects behaviors and many important brain functions in a child.