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High and low cholesterol numbers?

High and low cholesterol numbers?

See below:: Total cholesterol: <200, LDL <130, better if <100. Should be <70 if at high risk, HDL - for men should be >40, for women >50, triglycerides <150. For details see this site: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could anyone explain to me how is total cholesterol numbers are calculated?

Could anyone explain to me how is total cholesterol numbers are calculated?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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How does current cholesterol numbers tell Doctors about plaques that are already formed? Do these numbers show future risk?

How does current cholesterol numbers tell Doctors about plaques that are already formed? Do these numbers show future risk?

Not that great.: They only tell risk of atherosclerosis. At most they are associated with about half the risk. The highest versus the lowest risk categories have quite a different level of risk (almost a 10 fold difference). That being said, it is tiny compared to the risk associated with actually knowing you HAVE atherosclerosis (risk is over 10% yearly if you've had a heart attack, under 1% if you have not at 50 ...Read more

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My cholesterol numbers are great except HDL(34). I eat very healthy foods and exercise over 30 min. 5x /week, and don't smoke. What else can I do?

My cholesterol numbers are great except HDL(34).  I eat very healthy foods and exercise over 30 min. 5x /week, and don't smoke.  What else can I do?

Your genes: Hi. Low HDL often correlates with high triglycerides (= hi VLDL). Are your triglycerides hi? It would seem unlikely based on your lifestyle. If they're not hi, you just have a genetic low HDL, and there's nothing you can do for that outside of what you're already doing. :-( Healthy lifestyle helps everything. Keep it up. To your health! ...Read more

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Recently bloodwork showed my triglycerides to be 154 despite very good cholesterol numbers. Is this at all worrisome?

Recently bloodwork showed my triglycerides to be 154 despite very good cholesterol numbers. Is this at all worrisome?

Almost normal: Nothing to worry about right now. Normal upper limit is 150 and i don't normally worry unless they are above 300. Given they are borderline, you may want to watch your weight, increase exercise and get them rechecked in a year to make sure they stay controlled. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am a non-smoking, non-drinking 39 year old male. My cholesterol numbers are : HDL 32, LDL124. Should I be concerned?

I am a non-smoking, non-drinking 39 year old male.  My cholesterol numbers are : HDL 32, LDL124.  Should I be concerned?

Low HDL: The low HDL which should be 40 or above can be modified with regular aerobic exercise recommended 30 minutes for 5 days a week or more. Your HDL can be corrected without medication in this way. ...Read more

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I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

Total risk: It's not wise to treat lab abnormalities in a vacuum. If your total cardiac risk exceeds 7.5% ten year risk, or if you have established vascular disease, a statin is advised (2013 Adult Treatment Panel guidelines, American Heart Assoc) since they've been shown repeatedly to lower risk while supplements and non-statin meds are either ineffective or minimally so. ...Read more

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Do you start with low carb and high protein if trying to get better cholesterol numbers?

Do you start with low carb and high protein if trying to get better cholesterol numbers?

Depends: To improve cholesterol, it is eating lean protein (not fatty parts) and low glycemic. Ldl is increased with alot of animal fat (meat and dairy sources) as well as refined carbs. Triglycerides are definitely related to carbs and can be improved using fish oil 2 grams. Hdl is much harder but Niacin is worth a shot, changing to a plant based diet and cardio as well as hrt if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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How can you lower cholesterol numbers when a low fat, low cholesterol diet and aerobic exercise don't work?

Medications: If you are doing all the right things and still have a high cholesterol, you may need cholesterol lowering medications - statins. These are very effective and generally safe with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Have cad. With such low cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42, should I be concerned my cholesterol can go very dangerously low if start statin?

Have cad. With such low cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42, should  I  be concerned  my cholesterol can go very  dangerously low if start statin?

Good question: Another good question, there is some evidence that very low LDL can be associated with an increase in malignant disease; we're not sure. If you use Lovastatin 10mg a day, you'd get statin effect with very modest lipid lowering and probably a trade off. ...Read more

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What happens if you have high cholesterol numbers like 200/60 how could you also have perfect blood pressure and a perfect glucose reading?

What happens if you have high cholesterol numbers like 200/60 how could you also have perfect blood pressure and a perfect glucose reading?

Different causes: High cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose have deadly combined effects on the body however represent different mechanisms of disease. While we see patients who have all three, a person could certainly have just one of these. A very high cholesterol could be "familial" or inherited and in any case it alone can cause serious medical complications. Be sure to follow up with your doc. ...Read more

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Went on 1200/day cal diet 4 high cholesterol, numbers good now,can't afford 2 lose more weight,how many calories now to maintain & keep good numbers?

Went on 1200/day cal diet 4 high cholesterol, numbers good now,can't afford 2 lose more weight,how many calories now to maintain & keep good numbers?

Need more info: What is your height and weight? What are your lipid levels, not just cholesterol? Exercise is good for raising good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered your cholesterol 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.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Cholesterol numbers: LDL: 120. HDL 85. Triglycerides: 89. PCP is recommending Statins. Is there really a risk of CHD here?

Cholesterol numbers: LDL: 120. HDL 85. Triglycerides: 89.  PCP is recommending Statins.  Is there really a risk of CHD here?

Depends: The risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) really varies with your other health conditions. For example if you also have diabetes and hypertension, a statin would be recommended. Similarly if there is a strong family history of CAD then the threshold for treatment would be lower. You can use the following calculator to determine your risk: http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/ ...Read more

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For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

For cad, which low dose of statin you use if you have perfect cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42. Pravachool, lipitor, (atorvastatin) or simvastatin. What dose?

May not need: With those numbers, you may not need a statin. The ncep atp-3 goals are all met by you, even if you are at high risk, which would be an LDL less than 70. Keep up the good work, save your money and continue your diet, it appears to be working. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Heart scan score 922 in lad. Hdl 50; LDL 96; total 170. Crp .2 should i ask my family physician or a cardiologist? My family physician did not recommend that I have the scan. He said it was unnecessary with my cholesterol numbers. Non-smoker and non-dri

Heart scan score 922 in lad. Hdl 50; LDL 96; total 170. Crp .2  
should i ask my family physician or a cardiologist? My family physician did not recommend that I have the scan.
He said it was unnecessary with my cholesterol numbers.
Non-smoker and non-dri

Agree with your doc: Tests for coronary heart disease are based on results of people who have symptoms of chest pain or other indicators of underlying coronary disease. Nobody really knows how to interpret results in people without symptoms. Hospitals and other imaging centers are promoting this testing essentially to make money, and cannot advise those tested as what to do with results. A card. Can give 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Is it true new cholesterol guidelines say numbers do not matter?

Is it true new cholesterol guidelines say numbers do not matter?

Not exactly: The new guidelines have focused on degree of reduction from baseline levels rather than reaching below a certain goal number for everyone, e.g. Reducing LDL by >50% (high intensity), 30-49% (moderate intensity) reduction from baseline LDL level. ...Read more

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What do cholesterol and triglyceride numbers mean for my heart?

Know your numbers: It's important to know your numbers. Ideal values are a total cholesterol < 180 mg/dl, triglycerides < 150 mg/dl, LDL as low as possible (close to 70 mg/dl) and HDL as high as possible (at least 50 mg/dl in women). ...Read more

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Blood work high numbers for cholesterol and triglycerides. What should I do?

Blood work high numbers for cholesterol and triglycerides. What should I do?

Diet and exercise: Change your diet: < 30% fats, mostly unsaturated fats, < 300 mg cholesterol daily, little rafinated sugars, lose > 7% of body weight if bmi > 27, exercise 45-60 min per day 5-7 days per week. ...Read more

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