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30yrold female with bmi 25. 4 months postpartum. ldl level140, hdl 46 total cholesterol 206. is this a concern? what should it be to be very healthy.

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Cholesterol levels: Ideally, total cholesterol is good at less than 180. The higher the HDL the better. LDL, typically depending on risk factors, less than 160 is good.

Answered 5/6/2015

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Dr. William Cromwell answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

Depends on Particles: Cardiovascular (CVD) risk is related to the number of LDL and HDL particles (LDL-P, HDL-P). LDL can be estimated by cholesterol (LDL-C) or measured by particle number (LDL-P). LDL-C and LDL-P do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When LDL-C and LDL-P values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) CVD risk tracks with LDL particle number, not LDL-C values.

Answered 8/30/2014

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