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A 62-year-old female asked:

Tryg 119 hdl 49 ldl 178. was asked to send more info on cholesterol usually around 200 statins or diet/ exercise? usually not this high 200 normally

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Yes, you're right: The numbers you submit add up to a total cholesterol of about 250 mg/dl, not 200. But usually our treatment decisions are based on LDL anyway. If, on another measurement, your LDL was 127, what we would expect with a total cholesterol of 200, lifestyle, i.e. diet and exercise, should be sufficient. However, if you have significant heart disease risk, LDL goal is <100 and meds may be needed.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2016

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