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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

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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Total cholesterol level 6.8 alarming?

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 a total cholesterol level of 216, is there a risk?

Cholesterol: Risk has many components, the cholesterol is just one of them. That number could be associated with a variety of total risk levels depending on many factors. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with a high triglyceride level but why is my total cholesterol level normal?

Possible.: The formula for calculating total cholesterol is tc=ldl + HDL + trig/5. It is possible to have high trig and not have tc elevated. It is clear based on your normal tc level that your trig are not elevated much. Serious trig elevations are levels above the 500-1000 mg/dl range. ...Read more

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Can I have a stroke or should I be worried of having chd at age 27 with atryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267? I just found out

Can I have a stroke or should I be worried of having chd at age 27 with atryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267? I just found out

Need to know more: As triglyceride (tg) levels increase the number of LDL particles (ldl-p) is characteristically high. When ldl-p is high cardiovascular risk is elevated regardless of of ldl-c levels. To better assess your lipoprotein status i recommend checking lipoprotein particle numbers (ldl-p and hdl-p). ...Read more

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How likely is the rise in total cholesterol level due to high HDL? My total cholesterol level :4.8, triglyceride:0.6 It was 4.1 in 2013, 4.4 in 2014

Directly dependent: Total Cholesterol is by definition all the cholesterol carried on lipoproteins in your body. So this is HDL-cholesterol + LDL-Cholesterol + Cholesterol carried on other lipoproteins (which we estimate by knowing the Triglyceride level). So if your TC went up 0.7 and your HDL did too, this completely explains the difference. ...Read more

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Will a total cholesterol level of 130 actually regress any plaque that may be present in the coronary arteries?

Will a total cholesterol level of 130 actually regress any plaque that may be present in the coronary arteries?

Plaque regression: Regression is a poorly understood phenomenon. High HDL and low LDL has been associated in some studies with some regression. Calcified plaque has not been shown to regress. Major plaque regression is infrequent. ...Read more

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I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Will intro. of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels? Thank you!

I have 209 total cholesterol:  134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig.  Will intro. of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels?  Thank you!

Total cholesterol: Please do what your doc says but I see no reason at all to lower your cholesterol. High quality marine fish oil is good for lots of things and will lower your trig. which are already fine. If cholesterol goes too low there can be problems. Just enjoy what you have. Peace and good health. Please don't go low fat w/diet and please do eat eggs. ...Read more

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I am 27 years old. Recently became overweight. I got a blood test done showing I have a tryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267. I am afraid because my father has diabetes and mother has lupus. My glucose was 83, in range. I also have

I am 27 years old. Recently became overweight. I got a blood test done showing I have a tryglceride level of 209 and total cholesterol level of 267. I am afraid because my father has diabetes and mother has lupus. My glucose was 83, in range. I also have

Incomplete: Your question is incomplete , if you are overweight, diet and exercise is a good way to start a healthy lifestyle. Have your doctor check your thyroid and start monitoring your a1c. If the weight is so sudden , have your primary physician check for signs of pcos, really common in young woman. ...Read more

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What is the best total serum cholesterol level per deciliter?

What is the best total serum cholesterol level per deciliter?

Different types of: Cholesterol. A total cholesterol of 200 is okay, however, within that it would be good to have your low density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl) below 130. ...Read more

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Is there no connection between total or LDL cholesterol levels and extent of atherosclerosis?

Is there no connection between total or LDL cholesterol levels and extent of atherosclerosis?

The best correlation: The best correlation is between fasting ldl/hdl ratio, followed by chol/hdl ratio. Your cholsterol measurement alone is much less important! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned with my cholesterol levels? Total: 213, HDL: 100, LDL: 102

Should I be concerned with my cholesterol levels? Total: 213, HDL: 100, LDL: 102

HDL is great!: Your elevated total cholesterol is in part a reflection of your very high HDL, which is the heart-protective subtype of cholesterol. So these are actually very good numbers, and you should have no cause for concern. ...Read more

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Can you give me a list of foods to eat that will raise HDL levels without raising total cholesterol?

Exercise: Exercise raises hdl. Reducing saturated fats may help, but no foods increase HDL per se, except alcohol and i would not recommend that. Consult your doctor to see if you need medication that may raise hdl, e.G, niacin. ...Read more

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My triglyceride level is 467 while total cholesterol is 112. Have BP 160/120. No problem in workouts. How could i lower the level naturally.

My triglyceride level is 467 while total cholesterol is 112. Have BP 160/120. No problem in workouts. How could i lower the level naturally.

TLC and medication: Total chol seems low given that level of triglycerides. Low fat, low sugar, low carb diet combined with regular aerobic esercise and weight loss can help lower Trig and BP, but it is unlikely that you will be able to get to normal levels without additional medication, particularly for your blood pressure. You may have more luck with getting Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes to help bring down trig.. ...Read more

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41 year old healthy male. Total cholesterol of 235. LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91. Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

41 year old healthy male.  Total cholesterol of 235.  LDL of 151, HDL of 66, Trigs of 91.  Should I be concerned about LDL levels? I exercise/eat well

Yes: Depending on your family history and other risk factors you may need medical treatment for prevention of cardiovascular disease. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered these tests. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the normal level of LDL , hdl, gp and total cholesterol?

See below: Total cholesterol <200, LDL <130, better <100, if at high risk <70, HDL >40 in men, >50 in women, higher is better, triglycerides <150. These values need to be looked at in the context of risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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My HDL is 81 mg/dl and LDL is 101 mg/dl. Triglycerides 43, non-hdl 110, total cholesterol is 191. Should I be concerned about the LDL level?

My HDL is 81 mg/dl and LDL is 101 mg/dl. Triglycerides 43, non-hdl 110, total cholesterol is 191. Should I be concerned about the LDL level?

Not too much.: Ideally, LDL should be < 100 mg/dl, according to the latest guidelines. This is considered "ideal" for those at risk for heart disease. If not at risk for heart disease, < 130 mg/dl is considered optimal. You should have no problem at any rate, just do some diet restriction of fatty foods, like slightly less red meat to lower saturated fat, and this should lower it more than enough. ...Read more

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Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

How high?: Slight elevation in creatinine may be due to increased muscle mass, dehydration, increased protein intake, but should be evaluated by your doctor. Slightly elevated bilirubin may be a "normal" variant or the effect of vigorous excercise. High cholesterol and non-hdl cholesterol may need additional intervention by your doctor. ...Read more

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