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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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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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Do I need a statin? My LDL is 140 but my HDL is 110.

Do I need a statin? My LDL is 140 but my HDL is 110.

Depends: An HDL of 110 is higher than usual. You may wish to have the test repeated to make sure the values are right. It is usually not a good idea to treat lab results. Your doctor needs to look at risk factors for heart disease before prescribing statin. ...Read more

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My LDL is 140. Should I drink atorvastatin 10mg every day ?

My LDL is 140. Should I drink atorvastatin 10mg every day ?

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

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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

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My HDL 28, LDL 140, triglyceride 315, total cholestrol 237 ? What should I do ?

My HDL 28, LDL 140, triglyceride 315, total cholestrol 237 ? What should I do ?

Consult MD: 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

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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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What causes high ldl?

What causes high ldl?

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

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How to lower LDL levels?

How to lower LDL levels?

Healthy lifestyle: If you're overweight, try to reach optimal weight. Don't smoke. Eat a vegetarian diet if you don't already. Exercise daily . If you have diabetes, keep your HgbA1c ...Read more

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How do I lower my LDL levels?

How do I lower my LDL levels?

Hatd work but possib: I would try diet exercise & weight loss first...If that's ineffective than medication could be considered. ...Read more

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