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Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Avoid wrist machines: Most home BP monitoring machines are good and usually fairly inexpensive, <$50. The ones that work on the upper arm are a bit more accurate than the wrist machines. Also, check your BP in both arms, there may be a significant difference. If more than 10 mmhg, you should get that checked out by a cardiologist. If not, use the arm with the higher of the two measurements. Check it at random times. ...Read more

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Lipid panel done. triglycerides 263, HDL 45, LDL 66, cholesterol 163. what would cause the high triglycerides with normal values otherwise?

Lipid panel done. triglycerides 263, HDL 45, LDL 66, cholesterol 163. what would cause the high triglycerides with normal values otherwise?

Abnormal test: Hi
It's possible to have isolated, high triglycerides. If that value was from a non-fasting test, and if you had a fatty meal before the test was done, you could see an isolated high trig level. But triglycerides at that level suggest that there may be an abnormality with lipid metabolism. Please be sure to follow up with your doctor about the results. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Cholesterol test, LDL 138 Hdl 59 and triglycerides 89...are these good numbers? How is my heart disease risk? Perfect blood pressure, sugar 93.

Cholesterol test, LDL 138 Hdl 59 and triglycerides 89...are these good numbers? How is my heart disease risk? Perfect blood pressure, sugar 93.

Heart disease risk: You mention normal sugar, but your profile says type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Are you already on medications for diabetes, lipids? By themselves, those numbers are not bad, but if you have diabetes and other conditions, you are in a higher risk category. Discuss this with your doctor who can consider the whole picture. ...Read more

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Can strenuous exercise before a cholesterol test increase ldl? My values are: HDL: 1.77 mmol/L LDL: 4.72 mmol/L Triglycerides: 1.12 mmol/L

Can strenuous exercise before a cholesterol test increase ldl?
My values are:
HDL: 1.77 mmol/L
LDL: 4.72 mmol/L
Triglycerides: 1.12 mmol/L

Exercise and LDL: exercise right before a blood draw might increase HDL (the good cholesterol), but it has not been show to increase LDL (the bad cholesterol). Longterm exercise lowers LDL. Your cholesterol results are in a good range, keep exercising! ...Read more

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My blood test shows cholesterol 228, triglycerides 84, HDL 52, LDL 159. Fasting blood sugar 101.What should I do? Medication or diet?

My blood test shows cholesterol 228, triglycerides 84, HDL 52, LDL 159. Fasting blood sugar 101.What should I do? Medication or diet?

Diet, exercise: And weight reduction. Avoid red meat and dairy products. If numbers don't improve, strongly consider medication - statin for lipids and even metformin for glucose if it continues to increase over time. Check an a1c and talk w/your doctor. Consider ace inhibitor or arg for renoprophylaxis. ...Read more

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I have peripheral artery disease. Is my cholesterol readings high? 4.49 LDL 2.59 HDL 1.29 if i'm reading them correctly here.

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I have peripheral artery disease. Is my cholesterol readings high? 4.49 LDL 2.59 HDL 1.29 if i'm reading them correctly here.

Which is which?: There are many unit conversion calculators available online. Your results are presumably in mmol/l but i can't tell whether your LDL is 4.49 or 2.59. Using http://www.Onlineconversion.Com/cholesterol.Htm, 4.49 = 174mg/dl which is high for pad while 2.59 = 100mg/dl which is good. With pad or other coronary artery disease equivalents, we aim for goal LDL <100mg/dl w/optional goal <70mg/dl. ...Read more

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My test results Jan 2016 (Non HDL cholesterol 162) (HDL ratio 3.8%)(cholesterol in LDL 147)(triglycerides 76)(cholesterol in HDL 58) When to recheck? What should I do for more ideal numbers?

My test results Jan 2016 (Non HDL cholesterol 162) (HDL ratio 3.8%)(cholesterol in LDL 147)(triglycerides 76)(cholesterol in HDL 58) When to recheck? What should I do for more ideal numbers?

Exercise: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your LDL is higher than desired. You should reduce intake of saturated fat and exercise, about 150 minutes/week. You may recheck in a year or so. 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. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Biometric screening. I'm 31. Triglycerides =290,HDL=53,LDL=112,Total Cholesterol=223, Cholestrol/HDL Ratio=4.2,Glucose=99,BP 111/74. Tri high. Why?

Biometric screening. I'm 31. Triglycerides =290,HDL=53,LDL=112,Total Cholesterol=223, Cholestrol/HDL Ratio=4.2,Glucose=99,BP 111/74. Tri high. Why?

May never find "why": I'm going to assume that this is fasting sample. A lot of this is hereditary. There's not a consensus about what to do with high triglycerides when other lipids seem okay. One idea is to spend a few months exercising like you did as a teenager and then checking. I bet you'll see things change for the better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My blood test showed total cholesterol 103, LDL 47, HDL 41, trigs 83 with pattern b ldl. Should i consider niacin for the pattern b?

My blood test showed total cholesterol 103, LDL 47, HDL 41, trigs 83 with pattern b ldl. Should i consider niacin for the pattern b?

Controversial: Your LDL is already low, as is your cardiac risk. There is no scientific data to show that altering particle size by any method, or taking Niacin in particular, lowers your risk of cardiac events. ...Read more

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Is satisfactory blood glucose meter readings good?

Is satisfactory blood glucose meter readings good?

Yes: A good quality glucometer may not be as accurate and a true blood test but it is a great and very precise mode of checking you sugar on a daily basis ...Read more

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Is this cholesterol level good or bad: HDL 1.00 mmol/l LDL 2.6 mmol/l triglyceride 0.8 mmol/l?

Conversion: In the usa, we don't tend to use system internationale units so i converted yours: HDL 39, LDL 100, tg: 70 - milligrams per deciliter. Your HDL is a tad low (high is better); your LDL and tg are normal and in the desirable range. Exercise and olive oil can raise your hdl. If you smoke, quitting will also raise your hdl. Primarily, HDL reflects your genetic inheritance. ...Read more

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Hello, I need help interpreting lab results. Chol 6.12 mmol/L Trig 3.35 mmol/L Hdl Chol 1.71 LDL Chol 2.89 Non Hdl Chol 4.41 ALT/SGPT 123 IU/L ?

Hello, I need help interpreting lab results.
Chol 6.12 mmol/L
Trig 3.35  mmol/L
Hdl Chol 1.71
LDL Chol  2.89
Non Hdl Chol 4.41

ALT/SGPT   123 IU/L
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See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Your total cholesterol and Trig are higher than desired. HDL and LDL are okay. You ALT is elevated and needs more attention than cholesterol. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 27 but my lipid profile is total cholesterol 199.0 mg/dl , LDL cholesterol 146.3 mg/dl , HDL cholesterol 33 mg/dl. Is this profile normal?

I'm 27 but my lipid profile is total cholesterol 199.0 mg/dl , LDL cholesterol 146.3 mg/dl , HDL cholesterol 33 mg/dl. Is this profile normal?

Dyslipidemia: Your total and LDL are at higher limits and as u grow older they will get worse in addition u have a condition of lower HDL which incresed your risk of cardiovascular disease the present medicines available fail to change this risk though can change lipid levels you also have a high chance of becoming a diabetic all is not lost good lifestyle like a mediterranean diet and exercise will help. ...Read more

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Follow up on my blood work came out good, protein, bun, apo b, hscrp, LP (a), sdldl & ldlp r high- hdl2, large HDL -p & HDL size are low.?

Follow up on my blood work came out good, protein, bun, apo b, hscrp, LP (a), sdldl & ldlp r high- hdl2, large HDL -p & HDL size are low.?

Gets complicated: Bottom line is sub-fractions of HDL cholesterol and measurement so of HDL size or particle number is still not considered routine. Risk sees to be best predicted by HDL particle number but we do not have any evidence that using medications to target HDL p or HDL size helps. Recently the national lipid association released a report suggesting not to use HDL sizing for risk evaluation. www.lipid.org. ...Read more

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Lipid panel came back as TSH 5.4 can that effect the red blood cell count & my cholesterol levels? Rbc 3.87- HDL 73 vldl 32 LDL 114 trig 161 total 219

Lipid panel came back as TSH 5.4 can that effect the red blood cell count & my cholesterol levels? Rbc 3.87- HDL 73 vldl 32 LDL 114 trig 161 total 219

Yes It Can: Elevated TSH (> 5.0) is present in approximately 10 percent of individuals with abnormal triglyceride (> 150) or LDL cholesterol values. This should be evaluated and managed as part of the strategy for treating abnormal lipid values. ...Read more

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