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My husbands Total cholesterol is 192, His HDL Chol is 37, Triglycerides are 65, LDL Chol is 142, Non HDL Chol is 155 & chol/HDLC ratio is 5.2. BAD??

My husbands Total cholesterol is 192, His HDL Chol is 37, Triglycerides are 65, LDL Chol is 142, Non HDL Chol is 155 & chol/HDLC ratio is 5.2. BAD??

Not great...: Even though his total cholesterol is normal, his HDL is a bit low and his LDL is a bit high - these would need to be corrected. This profile does put him at risk for heart disease and stroke. ...Read more

Dr. William Cromwell
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Total Cholesterol (Definition)

Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & ...Read more


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Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Usually It Is: Low total cholesterol levels can be found in a variety of settings. For individuals who are not on lipid medications and are otherwise healthy this can occur due to genetically low LDL levels associated with low production of LDL particles (hypobetalipoproteinemia) or increased clearance of LDL particles. See your physician for further discussion and evaluation. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Not necessarily: It depends on how your total cholesterol is made up.
The HDL portion is considered more protective, and the LDL portion is considered more atherogenic (more likely to cause cholesterol buildup in the arteries).
If your total has a high HDL and a low ldl, the overall general pattern is considered more healthful than a high LDL and low HDL pattern. ...Read more

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What can I do to lower my total cholesterol?

Live better: Cholesterol has a genetic predisposition as well as lifestyle component. Improving your diet and exercising are key. Eat low glycemic is key b/c sugar can increase cholesterol as well. Eat good fats such as nuts in moderation, olive oil, avocados. Eat more plants, eat lean proteins, and exercise! Use more fish oil to help. ...Read more

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How much of your total cholesterol is made by the body?

80%: Only about 20% of your cholesterol is due to dietary intake. Cholesterol is necessary for building neurotransmitters, cell walls, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone and many other useful things in your body. Some people just make too much. ...Read more

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Is having a total cholesterol of 91 dangerous to my health?

Depends: If you do not have other health issues, a total cholesterol of 91 per se, is not dangerous.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

> 400 - 500: Although the goal is to have your total cholesterol result below 200, some people, despite their healthy eating and exercise, can carry genetics that cause total failure in their body's cholesterol manufacture or control. ...Read more

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How are cholesterol and total cholesterol values different?

None: A cholesterol profile contains several measurements, and calculations. First measurement is total cholesterol, often shortened to just "cholesterol level" also measured are triglycerides and hdl. These 3 are then used to calculate the LDL (bad cholesterol). Additional fractionations of the lipids may be done, too. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a Fat: Total cholesterol=concentration of all cholesterol/volume blood plasma & carried within the lipoprotein particles; complex protein particles which carry all fat molecules in the water outside cells. The lipoprotein particles have long been classified by ↓ing size/↑ing density: ULDL, VLDL, IDL, LDL, HDL. These protein particles carry triglyceride, phospholipid, cholesterol & all other fats present. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 4, 81 mmol/l - is that high and healthly?

Normal range: You total cholesterol is in the normal range. Please note that it does mean that you are not at risk of heart disease. Half the people who get heart attacks have normal cholesterol. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Okay but it needs to: Be looked at in the context of other lipid results. Cholesterol of 187 is normal. What are your hdl, LDL and triglyceride levels? ...Read more

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Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

HDL, TG: HDL (good cholesterol) should be >60. Triglycerides (bad cholesterol) should be <100. Consuming high amounts of carbs lowers HDL and increases TG. Consuming healthy fat, protein, and vegetables increases HDL, decreases TG. If your HDL is quite high and TG low, then do not worry about just elevated total cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol?

Usually none: Most times when people talk about "cholesterol" they refer to the "total" number. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol levels is high how to reduce it through diet?

My total cholesterol levels is high how to reduce it through diet?

Good start: Low cholesterol, low saturated fat diet. Read up. Don't expect any miracles. It may or may not help. You'll be doing yourself an even bigger favor if you get back into an exercise-focused lifestyle like you enjoyed so much as a teen. Cholesterol is largely genetic and if you need medication, don't hesitate. Get a few opinions, including from an evidence-based holist if one's available. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 161. Does this mean I should do something?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 161 is not a cause for concern in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. ...Read more

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Is a total cholesterol result of 257 mg/dl anything to worry about?

Yes: It is considered elevated. Want it at least under 200 or even lower depending on co-morbidness (e.g. Hypertension, diabetes, family history, etc.). A heart healthy diet and regular exercise program is the first step. ...Read more

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Why could my total cholesterol have increased 12 points in only 2 weeks?

Why could my total cholesterol have increased 12 points in only 2 weeks?

Yes: Were the two measurements done under similar circumstances, i.e., after overnight fast and at the same lab?
Intake of saturated fats can cause an increase in cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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Could anyone explain to me how is total cholesterol numbers are calculated?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are there different ways of calculating your total cholesterol?

The results are the: Same. Cholesterol testing methods have undergone harmonization so that irrespective of the method, you get similar results. ...Read more

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Why are there different ways of calculating your total cholesterol? Is there a standard way?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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239 total cholesterol. What is the most exercise and best diet I can do to reduce it significantly within 3 months. I am ready to exercise a lot!

239 total cholesterol. What is the most exercise and best diet I can do to reduce it significantly within 3 months. I am ready to exercise a lot!

Diet and exercise: Reduce you intake of saturated fats and losing weight would help.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol level 6.8 alarming?

6.8 mmol/L??: Total Cholesterol : <5.2 mmol/l) = ok. 5.2-6.2 mmol/l - borderline high. > 6.3 mmol/l) = not good. The following is a great reference / article from Mayo Clinic to help you better understand your level. REF: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/cholesterol-test/details/results/rsc-20169555 ...Read more

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What to do if I have high total cholesterol and ldl?

Lifestyle: Late last fall, American Heart Association & American College of Cardiology published 4 guidelines on treating & preventing heart disease. The one involving cholesterol got biggest press & continues to stir controversy. However, goal isn't so much to lower cholesterol as it is to treat & prevent heart disease. So focus on therapeutic lifestyle modifications eg regular exercise & good nutrition. ...Read more

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I'm scared - total cholesterol test came back at 294?

Elevated but...?: Your total cholesterol is elevated but that's not enough information to determine if it's a risk for you. What was you LDL and HDL (if you have a high HDL, it mitigates the high TC). What are your other risks? Do you have known heart disease? Diabetes? Smoker? Bad family history? HTN? -- all are factors. ...Read more

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Is an HDL of 65 and total cholesterol of 205 a cause of concern?

Is an HDL of 65 and total cholesterol of 205 a cause of concern?

Probably not: Hdl of 65 for a man or woman is considered optimal. A total cholesterol of 205 is slightly elevated, but since we do not know the LDL or triglyceride level, it is hard to determine if there is any cause for concern or not. Obtain the results of your complete lipid panel and your physician can then adequately assess your cardiovascular risk based on all of you issues including the lipid panel. ...Read more

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How are total cholesterol, LDL direct and LDL calculated different?

See below: Calculated LDL = total cholesterol - (hdl cholesterol + triglycerides/5). If total triglycerides are above 400 this calculation is not valid. Ldl can be measured directly and the direct assay is not dependent on triglyceride levels. ...Read more