U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Houma, LA
A 18-year-old male asked:

My total cholesterol was 156, triglycerides- 75, ldl- 103... but my hdl was 38! i'm only 18. should i take a statin? i have wpw & hbp. on propranolol

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No reason for statin: Having a low HDL is not a reason to start taking a statin. Exercise is the best way to get your HDL up. If you are overweight, lose weight. Eat healthy fats, like olive oil, and coconut oil. Eat nuts. Avoid inflammatory fats like trans fats.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 45-year-old female asked:
My triglycerides is 179, cholesterol 218, HDL 60, and LDL 122 do I need to go on statins?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 17-year-old male asked:
Cholesterol 156. Triglycerides 65. Ldl 96. Hdl 38. How bad is this? I'm on propranolol
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
My cholesterol is 220, my LDL 80, HDL 80, triglyderides 175 . Do I need a statin?
3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jun 10, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.