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Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Mildly: A total cholesterol of 218 is mildly elevated and a LDL is borderline elevated if you have no other risk factors for heart disease like a BP over 140/90, a HDL under 45, smoking, or diabetes. If you don't have these risk factors the primary therapy is diet and exercise. ...Read more

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My triglycerides is 179, cholesterol 218, HDL 60, and LDL 122 do I need to go on statins?

My triglycerides is 179, cholesterol  218, HDL 60, and LDL 122 do I need to go on statins?

Not necessarily : Whether you are prescribed statins or not are dependent on other issues. Your LDL of 122 is fine as long as you are not a post-heart attack patient. If you are a diabetic, this may also may influence your physician's decision to try statins. If you have no health issues at all, these levels appear fine. ...Read more

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CHolesterol 218: age 61 post menopausal female. LDL: 78; HDL 127. Walk 5-8 miles daily. Should I be concerned? Don't smoke/drink. Thanks.

CHolesterol 218:   age 61 post menopausal female.  LDL:  78; HDL 127.  Walk 5-8 miles daily.  Should I be concerned?   Don't smoke/drink.  Thanks.

No worries: Although your total cholesterol is above 200, your high HDL level is protective. Follow up with your doctor to discuss the details on the LDL vs. HDL debate. ...Read more

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Egfr hove betw 50-60 last 3 yrs, WBC slightly elevated above normal @11.1; mvc 94; gran 7.9; cholesterol 218; creat 1.0; ESR rising 14 to 18 over 3yr?

Egfr hove betw 50-60 last 3 yrs, WBC slightly elevated above normal @11.1; mvc 94; gran 7.9; cholesterol 218; creat 1.0;  ESR rising 14 to 18 over 3yr?

Mild renal : Insufficiency. A GFR of less than 60 is an indication of mild kidney failure. The issue is best discussed with your doctor who ordered all these tests as lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more

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Can i eat before i get my cholesterol tested?

Can i eat before i get my cholesterol tested?

Fast: Not a good idea. Fast for at least 12 hours. This will lead to a more acurate evaluation of the entire lipid profile. ...Read more

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What is cholesterol?

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol control: Holesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. Your liver and other cells in your body make about 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from the foods you eat. Cholesterol is only found in animal products. A cholesterol screening measures your level of HDL and ldl. Hdl is the "good" cholesterol which helps keep the LDL (bad) cholesterol from getting lodged into your artery walls. A healthy level of HDL may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL (less than 40 mg/dl for men and less than 50 mg/dl for women) have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. If you need to increase your HDL to your reach your goals, studies show that regular physical activity can help your body produce more hdls. Reducing trans fats and eating a balanced, nutritious diet is another way to increase hdl. If these measures are not enough to increase your HDL to goal, your healthcare practitioner may prescribe a medication specifically to increase your hdls. Ldl cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol. When too much of it circulates in the blood, it can clog arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Ldl cholesterol is produced naturally by the body, but many people inherit genes from their mother, father or even grandparents that cause them to make too much. Eating saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol also increases how much you have. If high blood cholesterol runs in your family, lifestyle modifications may not be enough to help lower your LDL blood cholesterol. Everyone is different, so work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that's best for you. Most importantly, having a good doest and exercise will lead to having higher hdl's. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is 250 is that bad?

My cholesterol is 250 is that bad?

Maybe: The level of your cholesterol has to be taken in context with many other factors. What is your family history of male or female early coronary artery disease. Do you smoke, do you have diabetes or hypertension or other cardiovascular disease? What is the level of your LDL and HDL cholesterol? Do you drink too much? Are you overweight? There are many factor to take into consideration to say. ...Read more

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How to control cholesterol?

How to control cholesterol?

Depends: Depends on your age, other risk factors, and severity of cholesterol elevation. The first step is healthy life style: fruits and vegetables and daily exercise avoiding animal fats in particular and large amount of any fat in general. Get to and maintain ideal body weight if possible. If that fails and your risks are high, medication may be indicated. ...Read more

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What is the best way to measure your cholesterol?

What is the best way to measure your cholesterol?

Blood tests: Your physician can order a simple blood test to look at your basic cholesterol numbers and then help develop a plan based on this to keep your risk for cardiovascular disease low. ...Read more

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