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What is the normal range for cholesterol without fasting?

Total or fractions?: Optimal total cholesterol is under 200 but we look more at the fractions. Many women have such a high good cholesterol (HDL) that a mildly elevated total cholesterol won't carry any risk. ...Read more

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My cholesterol came back at 117 mg/dL. What can I do to bring it up into normal range?

My cholesterol came back at 117 mg/dL. What can I do to bring it up into normal range?

Why do you ask?: Reference ranges on lab data sheets are simply where most folks fall, not a range that indicates good health. They are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If you feel well, low cholesterol is not a problem. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about low cholesterol 130, if my tryglicerids are 80 and cholesterol was in the normal range last month?

Should I be worried about low cholesterol 130, if my tryglicerids are 80 and cholesterol was in the normal range last month?

That's fine: The reference range is actually meaningless when it comes to cholesterol. You're a physically fit teen and low cholesterol isn't a problem. ...Read more

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Should I fast before a cholesterol/lipid test? My nonfast cholesterol was recently high, but 6 months ago a fasting was square in the normal range?

Should I fast before a cholesterol/lipid test? My nonfast cholesterol was recently high, but 6 months ago a fasting was square in the  normal range?

Fasting is best: Hi. All the normal ranges for cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, non-HDL, etc are based on fasting values. Normative values for post-challenge (i.e., non-fasting) lipids are not established. Actually, cholesterol changes very little with eating, whereas triglycerides may show a dramatic response depending on what is eaten. But yeah, do it fasting for the best info. ...Read more

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What is a normal range for HDL cholesterol?

What is a normal range for HDL cholesterol?

>50 or >55: In general, for good heart health the generally recommended level for HDL is > 50 for men and > 55 for women. But it can be more complicated that that: you cannot rely completely on these simple numbers, and you can not look at numbers in isolation. ...Read more

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I have elevated CRP (1.5) high cholesterol 268, HDL 78 and LDL 128 triglycerides in normal range Low monocye percentage Crp and cholesterol related?

I have elevated CRP (1.5) 
 high cholesterol 268, HDL 78 and LDL 128 triglycerides in normal range
Low monocye percentage

Crp and cholesterol related?

Cholesterol is a fat: which allows animal cell membranes to be flexible & humans to move; has little to do with arterial disease though promoted by NIH.gov for 4 decades for less $. Typical total cholesterol before people 1st obvious heart attack 170 mg/dL. LDL-C is not measured from your blood, only estimated: LDL-C = TC - HDL-C - 1/5th triglycerides. Get NMR lipoprotein test, get LDL particles <400 to max 700 nmol/L ...Read more