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Limited: Not sure what you mean by "vertical", but if you mean the extended lipid profiles with particle size and density, i would say practical use is limited. In my research work, extensive lipid profiles important, but clinically, very limited data suggesting that knowledge of the extra data actually changes treatment and outcomes. Question usually is to whether to add niacin; other ways to decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me for cholesterol, do you think my cholesterol will be lower with a fasting cholesterol test?
What can I do if my cholesterol test resulted high: LDL 143.4, HDL 80.5, cholesterol 202, should I get worried?
Depends: Your LDL is little high (risk is increased) but your HDL ("good" cholesterol) is extremely high (risk is reduced). Moreover, your total cholesterol to HDL ratio is 1.75 - this is extremely favorable. If other risk factors are ok (no hx of heart attack, diabetes, non-smoker, normal bp), i would consider this to be highly favorable and certainly would not recommend treatment with medication. ...Read more
Started low carb diet on 6/1. Cholesterol test on 8/5 showed:
How do I know if my LDL is fluffy or dense?
Probably fluffy: Hi. You would need a more in depth lipid profile to measure whether your LDL is Pattern A (large, buoyant, aka "fluffy") or Pattern B (small, dense). However, small, dense LDL is often associated with triglyceride elevation, which you don't have. But don't be too comforted...that's a very high LDL (with an HDL lower than you'd like) and places you at substantially increased risk! Statin!!! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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