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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?

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 more

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What is the correct range for my cholesterol reading to be inside?

Cholesterol: If you have no risk factors for atherosclerotic disease a total cholesterol of up to 200 isn't necessarily bad. If there are any risk factors then down in the low 100's is preferable. We look at HDL and LDL more specifically often. ...Read more

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Is a 6.5 to 6.9 cholesterol reading still safe to have and not take meds?

Is a 6.5 to 6.9 cholesterol reading still safe to have and not take meds?

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

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How long does it take to get cholesterol results? Its been 3 days ago? And how do u know if its good or bad?

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 more

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How may this result in lowering blood cholesterol?

How may this result in lowering blood cholesterol?

Please rephrase: What do you mean? Can your clarify? What is "this"? ...Read more

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What can affect the results of a cholesterol test?

What can affect the results of a cholesterol test?

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

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I'm 44 years old and my cholesterol level is the 178. Is this a good reading?

Depends on types: As a total that sounds fine, but we really need to know the HDL,LDL and trglycerides to be sure. If your HDL > 45, LDL ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my cholesterol levels? Dr. didn't even mentioned it, he just handed me the results.

Should I be worried about my cholesterol levels? Dr. didn't even mentioned it, he just handed me the results.

Too young: Ed. But only in so far as to know you should retest in a decade. In the meantime you should exercise regularly, maintain an ideal weight, and eat a diet low in sugars. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is 40 years old and has a cholesterol reading of 240. How can she lower her cholesterol without drugs? Many thanks.

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Is a total cholesterol result of 257 mg/dl anything to worry about?

Is a total cholesterol result of 257 mg/dl anything to worry about?

Yes : It is considered elevated. Want it at least under 200 or even lower depending on co-morbidness (e.g. Hypertension, diabetes, family history, etc.). A heart healthy diet and regular exercise program is the first step. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

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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My B12 is 250, ALT is 87. No meds for cholesterol taken. Could their be a link between the two results?

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