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Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor in the total cholesterol value?

Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor in the total cholesterol value?

No, there's more: There are other sub-particles such as vldl (very low density lipid) that also make up the total cholesterol count. Please also note that in the standard lab reports, LDL is a calculated number, not a direct measurement. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Total Cholesterol (Definition)

Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & ...Read more


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Do you think I should be worried about high total cholesterol, but with low LDL and very high hdl?

Usually OK: However, high total cholesterol and high HDL cholesterol may mean increased absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Some of these patients may also have increased levels of LDL "particles" despite normal LDL cholesterol levels. High HDL syndromes can be confusing, and this is one case where advanced lipid/lipoprotein testing and evaluation by a lipid specialist may help. ...Read more

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35 yr old female. Total cholesterol 226, hdl 71, ldl 141, non fasting. Should I get retested while fasting?

35 yr old female. Total cholesterol 226, hdl 71, ldl 141, non fasting. Should I get retested while fasting?

Your doctor's call: The LDL's a bit higher than you may want it to be. Why not make friends with some fitness buffs, hit the exercise circuit daily, and see how things are in two months? Different physicians will handle this differently. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 91 mg/dl (hdl 42, LDL 37, tri 61) is it too low and if so how can I raise it healthfully?

My total cholesterol is 91 mg/dl (hdl 42, LDL 37, tri 61) is it too low and if so how can I raise it healthfully?

Yes, dangerously low: Many docs believe cholesterol is just a bad thing that clogs arteries. Actually it is an essential component of every cell membrane & the building block for testosterone, cortisol & all steroid hormones. Low cholesterol is much more dangerous than high cholesterol, associated with increased risk of cancer, stroke, depression etc. Low cholesterol is usually a sign of liver problems. See comment:. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 164, hdl 26 low, ldl 108, trig 152. Is my hdl too low. What does that mean? Hiw can I raise it?

Isolated low: HDL, by itself, does not mean much, if you have no other risk factors. Vigorous exercise is the only way of raising it. There is no medication that will do it. If you have other risk factors, you should ask your doctor to see if your LDL needs attention. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Yes: Total cholesterol measures the cholesterol contained in all lipoproteins including low density lipoprotein (ldl), intermediate density lipoprotein (idl), high density lipoprotein (hdl), very low density lipoprotein (vldl), and chylomicrons. Ldl-c and hdl-c do make up most of the cholesterol reported in the total cholesterol number. ...Read more

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Hi my total cholesterol is 5.83 my tryglycreides 1.42. My hdl 2.04 and ldl 3.14. I am 54 yrs what does this mean for me. Thank you?

Depends...: These results must be interpreted by your doctor, based on your other risk factors and clinical picture. It thus depends.... But, LDL is bad cholesterol - slightly high. HDL, good cholesterol - also slightly high. ...Read more

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I had a test with total Cholesterol of 3.8, hdl 0.2 and ldl 3.2. I need assistance on how to improve the hdl and lower the ldl. Thank you?

Exercise: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your total cholesterol and LDL are not a cause for concern. If you reported your hdl correctly at 0.2, that is lower than desired. Consult your doctor to start exercising and reduce intake of saturated fats. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol : 236 mg/dl, LDL : 166 mg/dl and triglicarydes : 162 mg/DL. HDL : 37.How good/bad are these counts for a 28 year old boy?

Need work: Your values are not too bad, but could be much better, especially HDL should be higher. If you are overweight, lost weight. 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 or alcohol in any form. ...Read more

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41 year old healthy male. Total cholesterol of 235. LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91. Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

41 year old healthy male. Total cholesterol of 235. LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91. Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

Yes: Depending on your family history and other risk factors you may need medical treatment for prevention of cardiovascular disease. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered these 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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My total cholesterol is 193. Ldl is 101. Hdl is 80. Triglycerides is 61. Is it too high?

Ideal Cholesterol: Nope. You have the textbook ideal composition of your lipid (cholesterol) panel. These numbers are perfect. ...Read more

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My triglycerides is 49.9, HDL is 72, my LDL is 135.21 and my total cholesterol is 217.19. Is this ok?

Depends: On your risk factors for coronary artery disease.? Family history, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking etc. By itself total cholesterol and LDL slightly high. See your doctor to further evaluate your total risk. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 223, LDL 133, HDL 63, trigl. 100, is this high?

Total cholesterol 223, LDL 133, HDL 63, trigl. 100, is this high?

Slightly: We like for total cholesterol be be less than 200 so that is somewhat high. However, your good cholesterol the HDL is high and this is good, over 60 is excellent. The LDL should be less than 130 unless you are diabetic or have heart disease in which case it should be less than 100. Triglycerides are normal. If you have diabetes or heart disease you probably need medicine, otherwise diet/exercise. ...Read more

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Hdl (Definition)

HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more


Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more