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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Overview)

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 known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What is ldl, what is hdl?

What is ldl, what is hdl?

Bad and good: Ldl is the low density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "bad" cholesterol as it is the one that increases ones risk for heart disease (through depositing plaque to the arteries.) HDL is the high density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly known as the "good" cholesterol as it has cardio-protective effects when elevated. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Overview)

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 known as "bad" cholesterol.


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What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

What exactly does having high vldl while having low LDL in my lipid profile indicate?

Perhaps High TG's: Patients with high triglyceride (tg's) levels often have increased levels of vldl with low or normal LDL levels. Tg's in vldl move into LDL and in return LDL sends cholesterol back into vldl. This same process happens with HDL cholesterol, depleting cholesterol from LDL and hdl, and thus lowering LDL and hdl, while vldl cholesterol increases. ...Read more

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Ldl (Tip)

Your cholesterol is less a predictor than fasting ldl/hdl and chol/hdl for heart attack risk! ...See more

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How to reduce LDL?

How to reduce LDL?

Lifestyle changes: Diet (limit animal protein), exercise & weight loss...statin drugs if still not at goal ...Read more

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Can you tell me, what are good LDL levels?

The lower the better: Granted, mother newest guidelines are rather vague about actual target LDL levels to achieve, the lower the better. 130 is good, 100 better, 70 awesome. ...Read more

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What are the purpose or uses of small size particle LDL cholesterol in the body of a healthy human being that has no inflammation?

Essential for health: Most people think of cholesterol as dangerous, but it's essential for health, in fact life as we know it could not exist without it. Ldl transports cholesterol to cells, where it's a huge component of the membranes of each cell, is the main building block for cortisol, testosterone, vit d & other essential hormones & is used to make bile, essential for both digestion and detoxification. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Is niacin 500mg daily a safe dose for LDL reduction therapy before prescribing a statin for high cholesterol? Patient is 29 yr old male

Yes: That is the regular starting dose for niacin. Have exercise, weight loss and diet already been tried? That would be my first recommendation. If Niacin is ineffective, statins my be considered. Niacin and statins were routinely used together in the past but this has fallen out of favor after the results of the recent aim-high trial. ...Read more

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My LDL was 243 today the doctor called and prescribed me Lipitor (atorvastatin) icant afford this can I safely wait and call her tomorrow 5 ft 5 inches 180 lbs.

My LDL was 243 today the doctor called and prescribed me Lipitor (atorvastatin) icant afford this can I safely wait and call her tomorrow 5 ft 5 inches 180 lbs.

Not enough info: Don't know your hdl, total cholesterol and triglycerides. I have never prescribed Lipitor (atorvastatin) for it is diet related (except in the case of genetic cause) and sugar is probably the nasty guy because dr john yudkin showed that sugar caused heart disease and many other disease in 1973. ...Read more

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Is there anything dangerous with an LDL of 122 and HDL of 95?

Is there anything dangerous with an LDL of 122 and HDL of 95?

Potentially: If you have a very high number of small particles in your LDL which can only be determined by fragmentation of the LDL by nuclear magnetic resonance, nmr, or spectrometry through regular blood work sent to your lab or to the berkley heart lab in ca. Specially meaningful if there is a strong family history of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

Always diet and: Exercise is best answer, then statins. Statins have certain toxicities and unpleasantness and dosage can be reduced somewhat with the triglyceride lowering drug vascepa which also lowers LDL cholesterol. ...Read more

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I'm 65 & have a cholesterol 164 cholesterol count & 3:1 hdl/ldl ration. How might I benefit having a high-sensitivity CRP test?

I'm 65 & have a cholesterol 164 cholesterol count & 3:1 hdl/ldl ration. How might I benefit having a high-sensitivity CRP test?

Overall CVD risk: Your hdl/ldl ratio 3:1? Not reverse? That is highly unusual especially if you are not already on medications like a statin. It would be helpful to know your actual LDL and hdl. In any case, if you are at increased cvd risk for any reason, checking hs-crp may help you in deciding whether starting or upping your lipid management. If more than 2.0, you may be at increased risk for cvd. ...Read more

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Stent one year back. 20 mg statin75mg clopid, 75 mg asp daily. Losartan 50 mg, metoprolol 25mg twice. Colestro 85 HDL 32 LDL 32 trig 104.Lip pro ok?

Stent one year back. 20 mg statin75mg clopid, 75 mg asp daily. Losartan 50 mg, metoprolol 25mg twice. Colestro 85 HDL 32 LDL 32 trig 104.Lip pro ok?

Post stent: Your data looks very good. Hopefully you're feeling fine. In katmandu at that altitude you need to take good care of yourself the altitude can be problematic for CAD patients. ...Read more

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6 months post gall blasdder removal, abdominal pain 2 hours after eating unless I eat just fruit or bread elev A1c 5.7, LDL 243, ALT 36 weight 112?

6 months post gall blasdder removal, abdominal pain 2 hours after eating unless I eat just fruit or bread elev A1c 5.7, LDL 243, ALT 36 weight 112?

Abdominal pain: Several things can cause abdominal pain after eating. The most common would be an ulcer in the stomach or irritable bowel syndrome. You could try taking an over-the-counter antacid medication to see if this improves your symptoms. Also avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, anti-inflammatory medications, and spicy foods. If symptoms worsen or become severe I would recommend seeing your physician. ...Read more

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Why does fasting produce accurate results on hdl, LDL & triglycerides? Triglycerides were 220 after lunch while HDL & LDL were good. Should I worry?

Why does fasting produce accurate results on hdl, LDL & triglycerides? Triglycerides were 220 after lunch while HDL & LDL were good. Should I worry?

Technique; no: Fasting state affects triglycerides. In other words, to accurately check your triglycerides, you need to be fasting. After you eat, your triglycerides will increase relative to when you're fasting. So a high triglyceride level when not fasting needs to be repeated while fasting. Only if it's elevated while fasting do you need to worry. ...Read more

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What does my blood work mean? Hdl 35, LDL 110, nhdl 119 & ANC 8405?

What does my blood work mean? Hdl 35, LDL 110, nhdl 119 & ANC 8405?

Depends on Particles: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL and HDL particles (ldl-p, hdl-p). Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (ldl-p). Ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values. ...Read more

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If my total cholest is 284 with HDL 100.9 and LDL 177, trig 79, ratio 2.81. What is more important the levels or the ratio? What the ratio means?

If my total cholest is 284 with HDL 100.9 and LDL 177, trig 79, ratio 2.81. What is more important the levels or the ratio? What the ratio means?

Individual Values: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) and the number of HDL particles (hdl-p). When ldl-p is high or hdl-p is low cvd risk is elevated. Ratios report an LDL number divided by hdl. However, cvd risk can vary by 40% a the same ratio value. This is because you can get the same ratio with different LDL or HDL values (e.g., 2000/50 or 1000/25 give the same ratio). ...Read more

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Which one is better high LDL or high triglycerides?

Which one is better high LDL or high triglycerides?

Neither: LDL and triglycerides are the two bad forms of cholesterol. High levels of either are bad. High HDL would be good. ...Read more

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How to get food with low calories and low LDL cholesterol?

How to get food with low calories and low LDL cholesterol?

These go together: The key to low LDL is maintaining normal body weight with calorie restriction and daily exercise. Fruits and vegetable are low in calories and will lower your ldl. If you have diabetes, keeping blood sugar in check will help greatly. Avoid animal fats, butter, whole milk and soft cheeses which are caloric. Use nonfat milk and yogurt, whole grains, legumes, nuts, & olive oil in small amts. ...Read more

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