A 30-year-old female asked:
30y/o f w/ hdl of 38, ldl 91, triglyceride 115 & total cholesterol of 152. dr said it was normal but the lab report said my hdl is low. i'm confused! ?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bennett Werner answered
43 years experience Cardiology
Both R true: Your HDL is technically just a bit "low" but your total cholesterol, LDL and TGs are normal - hence both statements are true! From your doctor's perspective, your HDL isn't abnormal enough to justify treatment even if we had an effective drug (we don't). Daily exercise is a healthy lifestyle and it raises HDL so it's definitely recommended. Beyond that, forget it. It's an inherited characteristic.
Answered on Jan 15, 2020
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