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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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