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A 18-year-old female asked:

I went vegan few months back and got a full body blood test. my total cholesterol was 117 and hdl - 39 and ldl- 69. what does this mean?

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Cholesterol levels: Congratulations those are very healthy levels! Generally, an LDL of less than 160 is recommended. Patient with other health problems such as diabetes or heart disease should aim for a level of less than 100.
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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
While your total and LDL cholesterol are excellent as Dr. Kohlitz suggests, your HDL, thought to be the protective fraction, is acceptable but not really high into the protective range. It is highly determined by genetics, but some factors, especially regular physical activity, may raise it. Get Movin'
Feb 10, 2016
Last updated Feb 10, 2016

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