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My Ldl Is 140
In some, yes: Definitely if you have had diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke or peripheral vascular disease a statin such as Atorvastatin is needed. If you have none of these then a healthy diet, regular exercise and stopping smoking is what I would recommend. One may suggest statin however if your HDL is very low and you have other risk factors such as hypertension and a strong family history. ...Read more
My LDL is 140 and my total cholesterol is 216. Do I need cholesterol medicine if my tryglycerides are 75 and my HDL is 61?
Cholesterol,LDL: From the Framingham heart and other studies the LDL hypothesis is held to give LDL value as a strong risk factor for atherosclerotic disease, At age 64 something untoward likely will occur within the next 44 years, there is a good statistical probability it will be a vascular event. ...Read more
U need to have ideal body weight
u r HDL is low. Increase it by daily exercise. Triglycerides need be below 150. Low carbohydrate diet, daily exercise and omega 3 fish oil at least 4 gm daily.
Because of low hdl, u r LDL should be around 70. U need to reduce saturated fat to less than 7% of daily fat. U may need a statin. No more than 2-4 ounces of alcohol daily or avoid it. Check and treat diabetes. ...Read more
Many Considerations: Ldl can be elevated for a variety of reasons. Your physician will need to check for several inherited and acquired medical conditions that can affect LDL levels. Another alternative is to see a lipidologist (physician specializing in lipid and lipoprotein disorders). You can find a lipidologist at www.Lipidboard. Org (click "verify status", then search your state). ...Read more
Need Information: 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. ...Read more
Probably, if no CAD: Low density lipoprotein can be expressed in mmol/l or mg/dl. Most of us are acquainted with the latter. 2.74 mmol/l converts to 106 mg/dl. For the general population, treatment of LDL doesn't begin until over 160 (or 190) mg/dl and goal is to lower to under 130. For those at high risk of coronary disease, goal is 100, and those who have proven cad, goal is further reduced to 70 mg/dl. ...Read more
Statins and diet: While exercise and dietary changes can certainly impact the ldl, statins are the most widely accepted prescription to truly lower the LDL and decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke. You can help your cholesterol by raising your HDL but the research is very firm that lowering your LDL is paramount to decreasing your overall risk. Speak with your doctor about the best combination therapies. ...Read more
Too high.: Cholesterol is a risk factor that affects the body with respect to time. So having an elevated LDL cholesterol at such a young age cannot be ignored. That being said, I would prefer you lowering it through diet and exercise rather than by starting medication at such a young age. But it needs to be lower. ...Read more
Cut back on: Fatty and greasy foods, red meat, saturated fats, snacks, eat more fruits, veggies and fish, exercise more etc. Best wishes! http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/hb_web/15-tips-for-lowering-your-cholesterol-naturally.htm. http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/high_cholesterol_alternative-therapies. ...Read more
Lipoproteins: Vldl is a triglyceride (tg) rich lipoprotein produced by the liver. Prediabetes, type ii diabetes and Insulin resistance all increase production of vldl particles. Vldl particles are cleared by removing tg. This produces remnant particles that are further converted to LDL particles. Ldl particle number is significantly and independently related to cardiovascular risk, vldl particle number is not. ...Read more
Maybe.: The only way to really tell is to try. That being said, have you changed anything about yourself to justify such a trial? Did you tweak your diet to limit fats and cholesterol? Do you exercise? Have you lost weight? If your answers are no, then it's unlikely your trial will work. ...Read more
Low Sugar/Carb & ↓Wt: Ancel keys promoted animal fat as causing cv disease in the 1950s based on theory & cherry-picked data. The more his ideas were adopted, the more obesity, diabetes mellitus & cv disease rates have dramatically increased. So be careful; see: nusi. Org. Also, check actual lipoprotein values (not cholesterol): LDL always in nmol/l, best <700, HDL in µmol/l, best large-hdl >10: far better indicators. ...Read more
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