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Low total cholesterol levels can be found in a variety of settings. For individuals who are not on lipid medications and are otherwise healthy this can occur due to genetically low LDL levels associated with low production of LDL particles (hypobetalipoproteinemia) or increased clearance of LDL particles. See your physician for further discussion and evaluation. See 1 more doctor answers
The absolute numbers of each cholesterol fraction need to be interpreted in the context of a patients risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Total cholesterol (tc) isn't as important as the tc/hdl ratio. The lower the ratio, the better. Let's say you have a cholesterol of 240, which would be consider high. If your HDL is 80, your ratio is 3.0, which is excellent. See 2 more doctor answers
Ldl (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are types of cholesterol. Ldl is so-called "bad cholesterol" because it increases the risk of heart disease by causing hardening of the arteries/atherosclerosis. Hdl is considered "good cholesterol" since it removes cholesterol from the walls of arteries. See 2 more doctor answers
Most times when people talk about "cholesterol" they refer to the "total" number.
The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5).
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The national cholesterol education program suggests that having a significantly low (<40) HDL is equivalent to having a major risk factor like smoking, high bp, high ldl, diabetes or fan history of early coronary disease. This is usually a genetically based phenomenon, and thus far drugs have not been effective on improving outcomes by trying to raise hdl. Exercise and red wine (moderate) may help. See 1 more doctor answers
Niacin lowers triglycerides and mildly raises HDL (good) cholesterol and, theoretically, that should lower the risk of heart disease. However, the recent nih sponsored aim high study showed no improved outcomes when extended release Niacin was added to a statin drug. See: http://www.Aimhigh-heart.Com/ diet is good, but statins are the mainstay of therapy and nothing has been shown to be better. See 3 more doctor answers
Cholesterol has a genetic predisposition as well as lifestyle component. Improving your diet and exercising are key. Eat low glycemic is key b/c sugar can increase cholesterol as well. Eat good fats such as nuts in moderation, olive oil, avocados. Eat more plants, eat lean proteins, and exercise! use more fish oil to help. See 1 more doctor answers
Dec carbs, exercise
Not knowing your family or medical history, the short answer is you need to exercise more and change your diet. You need a low carbohydrate diet. Stay away from foods with a high glycemic index. Avoid saturated fats. Then recheck your lipid profile and see your internist. See 2 more doctor answers
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From your question i would assume that you are thinking that your jaw problem might be related to your heart. I would suggest that you see both a dentist to rule out any dental problems and your pcp or a cardiologist to help you get your risk factors lowered and rule out any circulatory or cardiac issues. Good to see both on a regular basis anyway. See 3 more doctor answers
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