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My Cholesterol Is 218
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Borderline but...: This is borderline high but whether it is of concern depends on the types of cholesterol (hdl, LDL & LDL particle subtypes) and other risk factors. The main cause of cardiovascular disease is not cholesterol but inflammation. See http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease & http://bit.Ly/19ufoos & http://bit.Ly/13o0nkq. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Overall the number is borderline high but may not necessarily need to be treated. It depends on the breakdown, i.e. Ldl, HDL and non-hdl levels. It also depends on your risk factors, e.g. Hypertension, diabetes, heart or vascular disease, smoking and family history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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