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Is HDL cholesterol the good cholesterol?

Is HDL cholesterol the good cholesterol?

Yes: Yes. Hdl-c is good. Ldl-c is bad cholesterol. Triglycerides are little fats in the blood, which are also bad. ...Read more

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Is it true that decreasing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol removed plaque from arteries?

Is it true that decreasing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol removed plaque from arteries?

Yes: Reducing LDL and increasing HDL can reduce plaque in arteries. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 210, triglycerides 77, HDL 72, LDL 123. Healthy 21 to make, anything to worry about?

Total cholesterol 210, triglycerides 77,  HDL 72, LDL 123. Healthy 21 to make, anything to worry about?

Lipids: From the standpoint of your lipid levels, nothing to get worked up about. On the other hand, atherosclerotic risk is multifactorial. If you have a family history of atherosclerotic disease, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity or some other things, your lipids being ok may not be enough. ...Read more

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My fasting sugar is 142mg/dl, s.Cholestrol 211, s.Triglycerides 267, HDL cholestrole 36, LDL cholestrol 146. Explain?

My fasting sugar is 142mg/dl, s.Cholestrol 211, s.Triglycerides 267, HDL cholestrole 36, LDL cholestrol 146. Explain?

Lipoprotein Problem: High triglycerides (tg) and low hdl-c are markers for high LDL particle number (ldl-p). As tg goes up, ldl-p rises. However, when tg is high the amount of cholesterol carried by LDL particles (ldl-c) goes down. Thus, your true LDL level (ldl-p) is commonly higher than ldl-c. This is common in patients with high sugar. An ideal ldl-p is < 1000. ...Read more

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All things equal, otherwise healthy 50 y/o male: which is a better cholesterol profile, HDL 60 & LDL 120 ~or~ HDL 35 & LDL 40?

All things equal, otherwise healthy 50 y/o male: which is a better cholesterol profile, HDL 60 & LDL 120 ~or~ HDL 35 & LDL 40?

Hard to tell: In general a low LDL is good but in these cases sometimes additional advanced testing of somthing called lipoproteins is indicated. It thenlebel of apob containing lipoproteins are elevated then the low HDL level may represent cardiovascular risk. Bottom line is check your doctor or a lipid specialist www.Learnyourlipids.Com. ...Read more

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My lipid profile . Serum cholesterol 195.And HDL cholesterol is 43.And LDL cholesterol is 105.And vldl cholesterol is 48. Triglyceride 240?

My lipid profile . Serum cholesterol 195.And HDL cholesterol is 43.And LDL cholesterol is 105.And vldl cholesterol is 48. Triglyceride 240?

Normal : These are normal values. Lower, of course, is always better. If you have known heart disease, these values are not low enough for secondary prevention, but if you don't have heart disease, your values are reasonable for primary prevention. Again, lower is always better. ...Read more

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Love to eat Olive oil .My LDL cholesterol went from 85 to 106. Is the saturated fat in extra virgin olive oil harmful. Did it raise LDL cholesterol

Love to eat  Olive oil .My LDL cholesterol went  from 85  to 106. Is the saturated fat in extra virgin olive oil harmful. Did it raise LDL cholesterol

Olive oil.: While olive oil is one of the healthier oils as far as the proportions of healthy fasts versus unhealthy fats, it's still an oil, with 18 grams of fat per tablespoon, and could raise your LDL and triglycerides if you use too much. That being said, an LDL of 106 is still pretty good. But try to limit your use of oil in general. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 219, HDL 73, LDL 114, vldl 32, triglycerides 161. Thought i was eating good. No fried foods & not a lot of sugar. Is my lipid panel bad?

Total cholesterol 219, HDL 73, LDL 114, vldl 32, triglycerides 161. Thought i was eating good. No fried foods & not a lot of sugar. Is my lipid panel bad?

Need Particle Data: High triglyceride (tg) is often a marker for high LDL particle number (ldl-p). As tg rise ldl-p rises. However, when tg is high the amount of cholesterol carried by LDL particles goes down. This often results in "normal" LDL cholesterol (ldl-c) and low hdl-c levels despite high (ldl-p). When ldl-p is high cardiovascular risk is high independent of ldl-c, hdl-c, tg levels. ...Read more

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Cholesterol 226 LDL143 HDL 69 Trig 72. Not overweight, exercise daily, low carb and no sugar diet. How to lower LDL natural? Are these num. alarming?

Cholesterol 226 LDL143 HDL 69 Trig 72. Not overweight, exercise daily, low carb and no sugar diet. How to lower LDL natural?  Are these num. alarming?

High LDL. : Well, your HDL is quite high which is great. You may want to liberalize your complex carbohydrate and fiber intake a bit and focus on lean proteins - saturated and trans-fats contribute to raising the LDL. If all else fails, medication may be needed. ...Read more

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Will spinach increases cholesterol ?

Cholesterol : Spinach does not contain cholesterol and should not raise cholesterol levels. ...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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2 Triglyceride: 133 Cholesterol total: 132 Cholesterol HDL: 37 Cholesterol LDL: 72 Cholesterol total/cholesterol-HDL ratio: 3.6.1 good? Ok? Bad?

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Triglyceride: 133
Cholesterol total: 132
Cholesterol HDL: 37
Cholesterol LDL: 72
Cholesterol total/cholesterol-HDL ratio: 3.6.1 good? Ok? Bad?

Numbers are numbers: Lab results usually are numbers, and numbers are just numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor takes in the whole picture of what's going on. The ordering doctor may or may not consider the results a problem, depending on the patient's illnesses, bodily condition, life habits, and exercise activities. It's better to have HDL at 50 or higher. TG in the 130's is ok, but 120's might be better. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is 265, HDL 171, LDL 86. Can HDL get too high?

My cholesterol is 265, HDL 171, LDL 86.  Can HDL get too high?

HIGH HDL=Good!: If you Hdl is high, that is good, and can decrease your overall risk for heart disease. our LDL as noted is stable at 86, but now there is new data to suggest you should get a risk calculation based on some other factors. See your dr. for a good eval and discussion as to whether you need any medications, etc. ...Read more

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My cholesterol number is 216, LDL calculated is 143, HDL cholesterol is 46, triglycerides 134, HDL risk factor 4.7 is my cholesterol too high?

Yes: If you are otherwise healthy (no diabetes, strong family history of heart disease..) you should modify your diet to bring your LDL down. Your goal LDL depends on your risk factors. Please read this article for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cholesterol-levels/cl00001. ...Read more

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How does saturated fat raise HDL cholesterol levels and polyunsaturated fat raise ldl?

Other way 'round!: If you want to lower your "bad" ldl, less saturated and more polyunsaturated fat is important. To raise your "good" hdl, lose weight, exercise and drink modestly (eg, one glass of red wine daily). If you are a smoker, stop. ...Read more

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Does brocoli lowers cholesterol?

Does brocoli lowers cholesterol?

YES, however...: Broccoli is one of the healthiest of foods and lowering cholesterol is just one of its many benefits. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=9 but lowering cholesterol is over-rated. See http://www.Cbn.Com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease/ & http://www.Naturalnews.Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks.Html. ...Read more

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Hdl cholesterol: 28l cholesterol/hdl ratio: 5.8h LDL chol, calculate:99 triglycerides: 173 h can someone interpret this for me?

Hdl cholesterol: 28l   cholesterol/hdl ratio: 5.8h  LDL chol, calculate:99 triglycerides: 173 h      can someone interpret this for me?

Low HDL/High Triglyc: You have slightly high triglycerides if it is a true fasting specimen;if not you need to repeat it with a fasting specimen secondly you have low hdl, these blood results have to be interpreted along with history of other risk factors like smoking, obesity, family history of early cardiovascular diseas, hypertension;diabetese you need to be on low sugar diet and need to exercise, and oily fish;omega 3. ...Read more

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My HDL cholesterol is 110. Is that safe?

Hdl cholesterol: Hdl cholesterol of 110 mg/dl is great! you should make sure it is not a lab error or if it is a different measurement than mg/dl, let us know. ...Read more

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