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My cholesterol is 253 (hdl=92, ldl=146) what do these numbers mean?

My cholesterol is 253 (hdl=92, ldl=146) what do these numbers mean?

Not good!: For some reason, your results are outside the healthy range in each measure. You might find a good nutritionist who could help you find a diet plan - but a good physician is also needed. You are young and it strikes me as good since you have time to reshape your habits, but bad that it is so out of range already. Don't worry, but do take it seriously - as they say - like a heart attack!

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


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My total is 245 with LDL 148, HDL 78 and Trigl 94. I am a 59 year old female. What are these numbers telling me?

My total is 245 with LDL 148, HDL 78 and Trigl 94. I am a 59 year old female. What are these numbers telling me?

High LDL: More information is needed to determine your individual risk for cardiac event such as smoking history, history of diabetes, and hypertension. Such a profile would help determine the need to treat the high LDL cholesterol with medications..

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Is cholesterol of 175 and LDL of 105 healthy for a 26 year old woman? I am currently taking isotretinoin, so perhaps these numbers are temporary.

Is cholesterol of 175 and LDL of 105 healthy for a 26 year old woman? I am currently taking isotretinoin, so perhaps these numbers are temporary.

Okay for now: Follow these once you're off the isotretinoin. Taking this difficult medicine is a challenge but being acne-free is very important socially and professionally nowadays. Best wishes.

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HDL 34, total cholestelrol 160, triglyceroides 75, lp (a) is 5, non HDL cholesterol 131 and LDL 115. How are these numbers?

HDL 34, total cholestelrol 160, triglyceroides 75, lp (a) is 5, non HDL cholesterol 131 and LDL 115. How are these numbers?

Not great: Hi. You have good triglycerides and Lp (a). But you have an isolated low HDL (i.e., not associated with hi triglycerides) and a higher than goal LDL. Your non-HDL is actually 126 if your tot. Cool. And HDL are correct as stated. Your low HDL is not a treatment target. Do you have a family history of premature atherosclerotic disease? Eat healthily and exercise regularly, and DON'T SMOKE! Good luck!

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Hi Dr my father had blood test today and all his numbers were within range except LDL which was 122 they said they will need to admit him but why : (?

Hi Dr my father had blood test today and all his numbers were within range except LDL which was 122 they said they will need to admit him but why : (?

Makes no sense: That LDL is normal (normal is up to 130). Moreover, even if his LDL were 500, he wouldn't need to be hospitalized. There must be some other reason, perhaps you're not privy to?

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All of my life my cholesterol has been in the low numbers I eat healthy. Now cholesterol 123 HDL 64 trigylc 64 & LDL 46 not taking meds too low?

All of my life my cholesterol has been in the low numbers I eat healthy. Now cholesterol 123 HDL 64 trigylc 64 & LDL 46 not taking meds too low?

Wonderful!: If those are your numbers off medications then congratulate yourself. You must be doing something right by eating healthy. Keep it up!

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Is low HDL as much a cardiovascular risk as high ldl? Does HDL numbers really matter if LDL is under control? Lots of conflicting info out there.

Is low HDL as much a cardiovascular risk as high ldl? Does HDL numbers really matter if LDL is under control? Lots of conflicting info out there.

Agreed: Yes, lots of conflicting material. Right now, it seems that high ldl, especially LDL particle number is high can be a culprit - get a more sophisticated blood test than a "calculated ldl." you can have a normal LDL at 99, but the particle number may be 1800 which is high. Hdl should be over 40, but many people genetically have them in the 20's.

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Is low HDL as much a cardiovascular risk as high ldl? Does HDL numbers really matter if LDL is under control? Lots of conflicting info out there.

Is low HDL as much a cardiovascular risk as high ldl? Does HDL numbers really matter if LDL is under control? Lots of conflicting info out there.

Bottom line is: You want your HDL as high as possible and LDL as low as possible. In women, low HDL is an independent risk factor for premature heart disease regardless of ldl. So both are important.

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Total cholesterol 203; Trig 48; HDL 71; LDL 122. A1c 5.3. Are my numbers healthy? 51 yrs 121 lbs. No known health problems. Health anxieties....

Total cholesterol 203; Trig 48; HDL 71; LDL 122. A1c 5.3. Are my numbers healthy? 51 yrs 121 lbs. No known health problems. Health anxieties....

Health Anxieties: It looks like your numbers would be OK if you do not have any underlying health conditions. You might want to work on getting your total cholesterol lower than 200 although the HDL in 71 is quite healthy.

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Have cad. With such low cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42, should I be concerned my cholesterol can go very dangerously low if start statin?

Have cad. With such low cholesterol numbers tc 93 tg 96& LDL 42, should I be concerned my cholesterol can go very dangerously low if start statin?

Good question: Another good question, there is some evidence that very low LDL can be associated with an increase in malignant disease; we're not sure. If you use Lovastatin 10mg a day, you'd get statin effect with very modest lipid lowering and probably a trade off.

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What is the significance of these numbers: my triglycerides are 79 HDL 66 LDL 126 total cholesterol is 208?

What is the significance of these numbers: my triglycerides are 79 HDL 66 LDL 126 total cholesterol is 208?

Depends on Particles: Both labs and risk factors are important in knowing cardiovascular (cvd) risk. More than cholesterol, cvd is related to the number of LDL (ldl-p) and HDL particles (hdl-p). Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable cholesterol levels often disagree with particle number. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c.

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My test results Jan 2016 (Non HDL cholesterol 162) (HDL ratio 3.8%) (cholesterol in LDL 147) (triglycerides 76) (cholesterol in HDL 58) When to recheck? What should I do for more ideal numbers?

My test results Jan 2016 (Non HDL cholesterol 162) (HDL ratio 3.8%) (cholesterol in LDL 147) (triglycerides 76) (cholesterol in HDL 58) When to recheck? What should I do for more ideal numbers?

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 LDL is higher than desired. You should reduce intake of saturated fat and exercise, about 150 minutes/week. You may recheck in a year or so. 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. Get HPV vaccine

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Cholesterol numbers: LDL: 120. HDL 85. Triglycerides: 89. PCP is recommending Statins. Is there really a risk of CHD here?

Cholesterol numbers: LDL: 120. HDL 85. Triglycerides: 89. PCP is recommending Statins. Is there really a risk of CHD here?

Depends: The risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) really varies with your other health conditions. For example if you also have diabetes and hypertension, a statin would be recommended. Similarly if there is a strong family history of CAD then the threshold for treatment would be lower. You can use the following calculator to determine your risk: http://cvdrisk. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/

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My latest LDL 88 HDL 46 trgl 115 tc 153, would you consider taking cholesterol medicine for these numbers such as 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin).?

My latest LDL 88 HDL 46 trgl 115 tc 153, would you consider taking cholesterol medicine for these numbers such as 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin).?

Depends on Particles: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to LDL (ldl-p) and HDL (hdl-p) particle number. Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable, ldl-c and hdl-c levels often disagree with ldl-p and hdl-p. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. For high risk patients ldl-p goal is < 1000 (option < 800), otherwise goal is < 1300.

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My mom's cholesterol is 229.5 and LDL 151.9. The pa. Prescribed livalo (pitavastatin). Also her GGT is 29.5 any concern from this med or these numbers? Thank you

My mom's cholesterol is 229.5 and LDL 151.9. The pa. Prescribed livalo (pitavastatin). Also her GGT is 29.5 any concern from this med or these numbers? Thank you

See below: Livalo (pitavastatin) is a statin drug that was said to have less muscle aches or cramps compared to oder statin drugs, that being said, it is a goodmedication to lower the LDL and total chol. Ffup. Of liver function test is needed to make sure they are not affected by the med. Med needs to be paired up with diet and exercise to achieve desired LDL goal. Your mom's numbers are not alarming but definitely need tx.

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My mom's cholesterol is 229.5 and LDL 151.9. The pa. Prescribed livalo (pitavastatin). Also her GGT is 29.5 any concerns from the meds or these numbers? Thank you!

My mom's cholesterol is 229.5 and LDL 151.9. The pa. Prescribed livalo (pitavastatin). Also her GGT is 29.5 any concerns from the meds or these numbers? Thank you!

All are: Possible side effects but impossible to predict who will or who won't get any particular one. Overall the percentages are very low. The risk of cardiovascular disease rises sharply with elevator LDL levels and are worth the risks of treatment as when they are high enough diet alone never works. If they are in intermediate ranges diet and homeopathic remedies sometimes will get the levels down.

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Total cholesterol 257, LDL 170, BP 110/65, sugar 93. I know Hdl is high, but with other numbers, what's my heart risk? Ways to lower without meds?

Total cholesterol 257, LDL 170, BP 110/65, sugar 93. I know Hdl is high, but with other numbers, what's my heart risk? Ways to lower without meds?

Heart risk: By your numbers, your heart risk is high. There are some things you can do to lower it, such as losing weight if you are obese, stopping smoking, and following a good diet, but yours is high enough that it is unlikely you will be able to lower it adequately with just those measures, particularly since you're diabetic. I would discuss this with your doctor. Medications may be best for you.