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Reading Cholesterol Results
They did a lipid test on me but don't know how to read results cholesterol 150, trig 155, HDL 31, chol/hdl ratio 4.84, LDL 88 , non HDL 119. Good or bad?
Average: Your HDL chol is low- the only way to improve is to exercise daily and to keep ideal body weight. Keep the LDL level around 70 if you have strong fh of coronary artery disease. Your triglycerides are borderline high which can be corrected by daily exercise and proper diet.(low in carbohydrate and sweets). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SI units: Most labs in the USA don't use SI units. In mg/dl, your cholesterol is:251-266. That raw number is of no value. You must break it down into LDL ("bad"), HDL ("good") and triglycerides to interpret it. Moreover, the cholesterol treatment is based on your overall risk status. Treatment would depend on whether you smoke, have HTN, diabetes, known atherosclerosis and your other med conditions. ...Read more
How long does it take to get cholesterol results? Its been 3 days ago? And how do u know if its good or bad?
Hours: Once the blood is in the lab, the lab has the results in an hour or two. The delay is in the reporting, sending it to your doc's office, getting it in front of your doc to review, getting his comments to his assistant or nurse, then the possible delay in contacting you. No harm in calling to ask about the results. Sometimes things do fall through the cracks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please rephrase: What do you mean? Can your clarify? What is "this"? ...Read more
Cholesterol test: What can affect the results of a cholesterol test? ANS: time of day, diet for 3+ weeks before, blood drawn before you got out of bed?, family history, your medical history, medications you are taking. Age, gender, lab error, liver failure, acute glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome, starvation, eating way too much fat, or not enough, BCP, thyroid disease, cancer, being too fat/skinny. Ask Dr. ...Read more
Should I be worried about my cholesterol levels? Dr. didn't even mentioned it, he just handed me the results.
My girlfriend is 40 years old and has a cholesterol reading of 240. How can she lower her cholesterol without drugs? Many thanks.
Need more info: What is her hdl, and triglycerides? Does she smoke? Is she diabetic? One way to reduce cholesterol is to reduce intake of saturated fats, lose weight, and increase physical activity. For more information see the site below. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have read all the bad effects a statin can have, but other than lowering cholesterol how will you FEEL BETTER while on a statin?
Statin are not: medications to help you "feel better" they are medications to reduce your risk of future serious disease. By taking a statin now (if you need it) you can reduce the likelihood of "feeling" a heart attack in the future. You will "feel good" reducing your risk of heart and vascular disease and prolonging your life expectancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just had a cholesterol check results are. The bloods used had been sitting for a week before the test was done - could this affect the results?
Sitting a week: Hard to be sure! Please "bypass" your doctor and ask the lab techs whether a week late is inappropriate. It would not surprise if one week is too long and you should not be charged for a one week later. Do not be shy about this! Please let me know how things go. ...Read more
I have always got good cholesterol test.The last time I had this test was 2 years ago & the result was very good. How often should I have this test?
Yearly or biannual: blood work is reasonable. Your health care provider will provide you with the correct interval for you. ...Read more
What is a good cholesterol reading is 200 good 330 to high 150 to low and be honest are statin drugs really any good for cholesterol tha?
Risk factors: The optimum cholesterol level depends on your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you do not have risk factors, 200 may be okay, provided your HDL levels is normal or better yet, high. Statins do help, but it would be prudent to consult a doctor about your risk factors before entertaining any effort to change your cholesterol. ...Read more
Hello I had my cholesterol and glucose tested today and am not sure about my results. Cholesterol was 4.4 and glucose 6.9 is that ok for female, 32y, 74kg, 1,76? I had no food before testing for 15h.
I have to go to bathroom very often, sometimes 5-6times in the night. A s a result i don't get proper sleep. I take med fir cholesterol / tg n sugar?
Need evaluation: The issue needs evaluation that is not possible in this format. There are many causes of the symptoms you described. Please see your doctor for a proper work up and see this site for more information. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/overactive_bladder/hic_noctural_polyuria.aspx. ...Read more
Prick: Finger doen't matter the blood is the same whichever finger. ...Read more
My B12 is 250, ALT is 87. No meds for cholesterol taken. Could their be a link between the two results?
Not likely: 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 B12 is in the normal range but ALT is slightly elevated and indicates liver injury. If you drink alcohol, stop entirely for 3-4 months before repeating the test. ...Read more
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