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A 51-year-old female asked:

What does borderline cholesterol mean?

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Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Can be confusing: The best thing to know about how us docs look at your cholesterol is the knowledge of two things: 1) your risk factors for heart disease and 2) your "lousy (ldl)" cholesterol. Knowing these two things lets your doc know where your LDL target should be and how aggressively they may want to lower it. There are modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for heart disease...Research and modify!
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Borderline chol...: People generally use that term when one or more of your cholesterol parameters are normal but aaaaaalllmost abnormal. Still not good - we like there to be a sizable buffer in our numbers away from abnormal. I would institute lifestyle changes as if you have high cholesterol.

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