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Cholesterol control: Holesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. Your liver and other cells in your body make about 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from the foods you eat. Cholesterol is only found in animal products. A cholesterol screening measures your level of HDL and ldl. Hdl is the "good" cholesterol which helps keep the LDL (bad) cholesterol from getting lodged into your artery walls. A healthy level of HDL may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL (less than 40 mg/dl for men and less than 50 mg/dl for women) have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. If you need to increase your HDL to your reach your goals, studies show that regular physical activity can help your body produce more hdls. Reducing trans fats and eating a balanced, nutritious diet is another way to increase hdl. If these measures are not enough to increase your HDL to goal, your healthcare practitioner may prescribe a medication specifically to increase your hdls. Ldl cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol. When too much of it circulates in the blood, it can clog arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Ldl cholesterol is produced naturally by the body, but many people inherit genes from their mother, father or even grandparents that cause them to make too much. Eating saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol also increases how much you have. If high blood cholesterol runs in your family, lifestyle modifications may not be enough to help lower your LDL blood cholesterol. Everyone is different, so work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that's best for you. Most importantly, having a good doest and exercise will lead to having higher hdl's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: The level of your cholesterol has to be taken in context with many other factors. What is your family history of male or female early coronary artery disease. Do you smoke, do you have diabetes or hypertension or other cardiovascular disease? What is the level of your LDL and HDL cholesterol? Do you drink too much? Are you overweight? There are many factor to take into consideration to say. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on your age, other risk factors, and severity of cholesterol elevation. The first step is healthy life style: fruits and vegetables and daily exercise avoiding animal fats in particular and large amount of any fat in general. Get to and maintain ideal body weight if possible. If that fails and your risks are high, medication may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Cholesterol is separated into LDL and hdl, with HDL considered "good cholesterol" and LDL considered a "bad cholesterol". The fraction of each is more important than the raw numbers. A total of 160 is ok (less than 140 is better), but if you have a high HDL to LDL ratio, 160 is not bad. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Checking my BP 5 times a day for 5 days i ranged from 103/73 to high of 143/84.
I am 64 with excellent weight, cholesterol & exercise. No other issues.
Would you recommend any medication?
Probably OK: Usually we suggest that the cholesterol level should be 200 or less, however there is more to it than just one number. There are good and bad cholesterol particles (hdl and ldl) and well as other aspects of the cholesterol readings. It also depends on whether you have other medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease. A reading of 203 is problem ok, but i would check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HDL-cholesterol: A basic cholesterol test quantifies the total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and trigylcerides. The hdl-cholesterol is considered the "good" cholesterol. High levels of HDL over may be helpful in preventing the development of coronary (heart) artery disease. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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