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Is having a total cholesterol of 91 dangerous to my health?

Is having a total cholesterol of 91 dangerous to my health?

Depends: If you do not have other health issues, a total cholesterol of 91 per se, is not dangerous.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Dr. William Cromwell
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Total Cholesterol (Definition)

Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & ...Read more


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My total cholesterol levels is high how to reduce it through diet?

My total cholesterol levels is high how to reduce it through diet?

Good start: Low cholesterol, low saturated fat diet. Read up. Don't expect any miracles. It may or may not help. You'll be doing yourself an even bigger favor if you get back into an exercise-focused lifestyle like you enjoyed so much as a teen. Cholesterol is largely genetic and if you need medication, don't hesitate. Get a few opinions, including from an evidence-based holist if one's available. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol level 6.8 alarming?

6.8 mmol/L??: Total Cholesterol : <5.2 mmol/l) = ok. 5.2-6.2 mmol/l - borderline high. > 6.3 mmol/l) = not good. The following is a great reference / article from Mayo Clinic to help you better understand your level. REF: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/cholesterol-test/details/results/rsc-20169555 ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Is it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 198 is not dangerous in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. See md. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a total cholesterol level of 216, is there a risk?

Cholesterol: Risk has many components, the cholesterol is just one of them. That number could be associated with a variety of total risk levels depending on many factors. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my total cholesterol level is low at 3, 56 mmol/l?

No: Lab ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies arbitrarily fall outside on either end. Be glad, as long as you feel well. ...Read more

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Can you give me a list of foods to eat that will raise HDL levels without raising total cholesterol?

Exercise: Exercise raises hdl. Reducing saturated fats may help, but no foods increase HDL per se, except alcohol and I would not recommend that. Consult your doctor to see if you need medication that may raise hdl, e.G, niacin. ...Read more

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My triglyceride level is 467 while total cholesterol is 112. Have BP 160/120. No problem in workouts. How could I lower the level naturally.

My triglyceride level is 467 while total cholesterol is 112. Have BP 160/120. No problem in workouts. How could I lower the level naturally.

TLC and medication: Total chol seems low given that level of triglycerides. Low fat, low sugar, low carb diet combined with regular aerobic esercise and weight loss can help lower Trig and BP, but it is unlikely that you will be able to get to normal levels without additional medication, particularly for your blood pressure. You may have more luck with getting Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes to help bring down trig.. ...Read more

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41 year old healthy male. Total cholesterol of 235. LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91. Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

41 year old healthy male. Total cholesterol of 235. LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91. Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

Yes: Depending on your family history and other risk factors you may need medical treatment for prevention of cardiovascular disease. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered these tests.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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What is the normal level of LDL, hdl, gp and total cholesterol?

See below: Total cholesterol <200, LDL <130, better <100, if at high risk <70, HDL >40 in men, >50 in women, higher is better, triglycerides <150. These values need to be looked at in the context of risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with a high triglyceride level but why is my total cholesterol level normal?

Possible.: The formula for calculating total cholesterol is tc=ldl + HDL + trig/5. It is possible to have high trig and not have tc elevated. It is clear based on your normal tc level that your trig are not elevated much. Serious trig elevations are levels above the 500-1000 mg/dl range. ...Read more

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My HDL is 81 mg/dl and LDL is 101 mg/dl. Triglycerides 43, non-hdl 110, total cholesterol is 191. Should I be concerned about the LDL level?

My HDL is 81 mg/dl and LDL is 101 mg/dl. Triglycerides 43, non-hdl 110, total cholesterol is 191. Should I be concerned about the LDL level?

Not too much.: Ideally, LDL should be < 100 mg/dl, according to the latest guidelines. This is considered "ideal" for those at risk for heart disease. If not at risk for heart disease, < 130 mg/dl is considered optimal. You should have no problem at any rate, just do some diet restriction of fatty foods, like slightly less red meat to lower saturated fat, and this should lower it more than enough. ...Read more

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Can I have a stroke or should I be worried of having chd at age 27 with atryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267? I just found out

Can I have a stroke or should I be worried of having chd at age 27 with atryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267? I just found out

Need to know more: As triglyceride (tg) levels increase the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) is characteristically high. When ldl-p is high cardiovascular risk is elevated regardless of of ldl-c levels. To better assess your lipoprotein status I recommend checking lipoprotein particle numbers (ldl-p and hdl-p). ...Read more

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How likely is the rise in total cholesterol level due to high HDL? My total cholesterol level :4.8, triglyceride:0.6 It was 4.1 in 2013, 4.4 in 2014

Directly dependent: Total Cholesterol is by definition all the cholesterol carried on lipoproteins in your body. So this is HDL-cholesterol + LDL-Cholesterol + Cholesterol carried on other lipoproteins (which we estimate by knowing the Triglyceride level). So if your TC went up 0.7 and your HDL did too, this completely explains the difference. ...Read more

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My LDL is 227 and total cholesterol is 285. Hdl and triglycerides are both normal. Is this very dangerous? I'm worried. I'm taking simvastatin.

My LDL is 227 and total cholesterol is 285. Hdl and triglycerides are both normal. Is this very dangerous? I'm worried. I'm taking simvastatin.

High cholesterol: You may have a condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia. This is more likely if you have family members who have had heart disease at an early age. You should talk to your provider about ways to lower your LDL cholesterol to prevent heart problems in the future. ...Read more

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Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

How high?: Slight elevation in creatinine may be due to increased muscle mass, dehydration, increased protein intake, but should be evaluated by your doctor. Slightly elevated bilirubin may be a "normal" variant or the effect of vigorous excercise. High cholesterol and non-hdl cholesterol may need additional intervention by your doctor. ...Read more

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Will a total cholesterol level of 130 actually regress any plaque that may be present in the coronary arteries?

Will a total cholesterol level of 130 actually regress any plaque that may be present in the coronary arteries?

Plaque regression: Regression is a poorly understood phenomenon. High HDL and low LDL has been associated in some studies with some regression. Calcified plaque has not been shown to regress. Major plaque regression is infrequent. ...Read more

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I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Will intro. Of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels? Thank you!

I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Will intro. Of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels? Thank you!

Total cholesterol: Please do what your doc says but I see no reason at all to lower your cholesterol. High quality marine fish oil is good for lots of things and will lower your trig. Which are already fine. If cholesterol goes too low there can be problems. Just enjoy what you have. Peace and good health. Please don't go low fat w/diet and please do eat eggs. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol: HDL ratio 5.6 ratio, HDL level 1.4, LDL 5.3, triglycerides 2.6, serum cholesterol 7.9. My father had high cholesterol. Serious?

Total cholesterol: HDL ratio 5.6 ratio, HDL level 1.4, LDL 5.3, triglycerides 2.6, serum cholesterol 7.9. My father had high cholesterol. Serious?

Very high: In the USA we use mg per deciliter so for our US readers, I'm going to convert yours: TC: 305, LDL: 204, HDL: 54, TG: 230. Your numbers are all very high. This is likely inherited and will not be normalized thru diet alone. I would have no issue advising a statin for you, but you should discuss it with your personal physician. Goto: https://www. Goredforwomen. Org/ and click on "Know Your Risk". ...Read more

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My TSH level is 4.50, doctor gave me 25 mg euthyrox, 1 times a day. My total cholesterol 298-ldl 214, I take 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) daily. Should I use both pills?

My TSH level is 4.50, doctor gave me 25 mg euthyrox, 1 times a day. My total cholesterol 298-ldl 214, I take 20mg Lipitor (atorvastatin) daily. Should I use both pills?

Dyslipidemia: Blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) can be affected by thyroid disease. After treatment of thyroid disease, it is easier to control lipids as well as many other body functions including weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, depression, etc. ...Read more

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Low HDL my husband just got his bloodwork results back and our doctor wrote that his HDL levels are a bit low (41) (total cholesterol-148, triglycerides-44, and ldl-98). He is underweight for his height (150 lbs 6'4"), does not smoke and is not seditave, s

Low HDL my husband just got his bloodwork results back and our doctor wrote that his HDL levels are a bit low (41) (total cholesterol-148, triglycerides-44, and ldl-98). He is underweight for his height (150 lbs 6'4"), does not smoke and is not seditave, s

Given: Given your husband's lack of obesity, lack of smoking, and non sedentary existence, I doubt that you have much to worry about. Only if he has a strong family history of premature coronary disease would I be worried.
Niacin can boost hdl. Over the counter preparations are generally not as effective as prescription preparations and are subject to the same serious side effects as the prescription drugs. Niacin is best used under the careful guidance of a physician. ...Read more

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I am 27 years old. Recently became overweight. I got a blood test done showing I have a tryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267. I am afraid because my father has diabetes and mother has lupus. My glucose was 83, in range. I also have

I am 27 years old. Recently became overweight. I got a blood test done showing I have a tryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267. I am afraid because my father has diabetes and mother has lupus. My glucose was 83, in range. I also have

Incomplete: Your question is incomplete, if you are overweight, diet and exercise is a good way to start a healthy lifestyle. Have your doctor check your thyroid and start monitoring your a1c. If the weight is so sudden, have your primary physician check for signs of pcos, really common in young woman. ...Read more

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Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Usually It Is: 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. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Not necessarily: It depends on how your total cholesterol is made up.
The HDL portion is considered more protective, and the LDL portion is considered more atherogenic (more likely to cause cholesterol buildup in the arteries).
If your total has a high HDL and a low ldl, the overall general pattern is considered more healthful than a high LDL and low HDL pattern. ...Read more

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What can I do to lower my total cholesterol?

Live better: 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. ...Read more

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How much of your total cholesterol is made by the body?

80%: Only about 20% of your cholesterol is due to dietary intake. Cholesterol is necessary for building neurotransmitters, cell walls, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone and many other useful things in your body. Some people just make too much. ...Read more

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What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

> 400 - 500: Although the goal is to have your total cholesterol result below 200, some people, despite their healthy eating and exercise, can carry genetics that cause total failure in their body's cholesterol manufacture or control. ...Read more

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How are cholesterol and total cholesterol values different?

None: A cholesterol profile contains several measurements, and calculations. First measurement is total cholesterol, often shortened to just "cholesterol level" also measured are triglycerides and hdl. These 3 are then used to calculate the LDL (bad cholesterol). Additional fractionations of the lipids may be done, too. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a Fat: Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & all other fats present. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 4, 81 mmol/l - is that high and healthly?

Normal range: You total cholesterol is in the normal range. Please note that it does mean that you are not at risk of heart disease. Half the people who get heart attacks have normal cholesterol. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Okay but it needs to: Be looked at in the context of other lipid results. Cholesterol of 187 is normal. What are your hdl, LDL and triglyceride levels? ...Read more

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Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

HDL, TG: HDL (good cholesterol) should be >60. Triglycerides (bad cholesterol) should be <100. Consuming high amounts of carbs lowers HDL and increases TG. Consuming healthy fat, protein, and vegetables increases HDL, decreases TG. If your HDL is quite high and TG low, then do not worry about just elevated total cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol?

Usually none: Most times when people talk about "cholesterol" they refer to the "total" number. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 161. Does this mean I should do something?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 161 is not a cause for concern in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. ...Read more

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Is a total cholesterol result of 257 mg/dl anything to worry about?

Yes: It is considered elevated. Want it at least under 200 or even lower depending on co-morbidness (e.g. Hypertension, diabetes, family history, etc.). A heart healthy diet and regular exercise program is the first step. ...Read more