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Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140

A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not likely: Your cholesterol profile/levels are one of several important parameters when it comes to premature heart disease. It's like trying to answer a questio... Read More
Dr. Robert Beck
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Mildly: A total cholesterol of 218 is mildly elevated and a LDL is borderline elevated if you have no other risk factors for heart disease like a BP over 140... Read More
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: Goals depend on risk factors. For example, a person with heart disease or diabetes has a goal LDL < 100. A healthy young person may be fine with LDL... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No, but could do: Better. Ideally LDL should be below 130 and HDL should be above 40.Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk p... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
HDL is great!: Your elevated total cholesterol is in part a reflection of your very high HDL, which is the heart-protective subtype of cholesterol. So these are act... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Please see your: doc. Cholesterol is needed for many bodily functions. If it is too low that is not good and we are very focused on lowering cholesterol these days. ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that.... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilka Nazario
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not at all!!: Those those are very good numbers! keep the good work!
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Depending on your family history and other risk factors you may need medical treatment for prevention of cardiovascular disease. It would be prudent t... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No need for concern: Your lipid profile is fine. To help your cause, have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, bean... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steve Choi
Family Medicine 22 years experience
No worries: Although your total cholesterol is above 200, your high HDL level is protective. Follow up with your doctor to discuss the details on the LDL vs. HDL... Read More

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