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My LDL cholesterol was 5.2 mmol/L (upper bound was 5.2 mmol/L as well). Yet I actually have a very low body fat. Should I worry about this at all?

My LDL cholesterol was 5.2 mmol/L (upper bound was 5.2 mmol/L as well).  Yet I actually have a very low body fat. Should I worry about this at all?

HDL?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your LDL is higher than desired, but if your HDL is also high that may protect you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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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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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Could you have a LDL (bad) cholesterol that is too low?

Could you have a LDL (bad) cholesterol that is too low?

Not really: Very low LDL cholesterol levels (less than 40) can occur genetically (hypobetalipoproteinemia), in which case such low values are present from birth, or in response to medical therapies. In both settings individuals have normal development, sexual function, and show no specific adverse effects. Low levels are sometimes noted due to severe illness (cancer, etc), but that is a different issue. ...Read more

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Rechecked cholesterol 6 months later and LDL has gone down. But my HDL is low and has gone down raising my risk. I eat good and excercise what else?

Rechecked  cholesterol 6 months later and LDL has gone down. But my HDL is low and has gone down raising my risk. I eat good and excercise what else?

LDL, not Cholesterol: Cholesterol never been correct issue; made by every animal cell, fundamental to animal movement. Promoted because ?$ to measure. Correct issue: measured LDL & HDL particle concentrations. Best foods to improve values usually minimally processed hf/lc. Get NMR particle test & study big fat lies, mcgovern's report. Science for smart people, taubes, attia, nusi.Org, lustig, dietdoctor, my answers. ...Read more

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How to get food with low calories and low LDL cholesterol?

How to get food with low calories and low LDL cholesterol?

These go together: The key to low LDL is maintaining normal body weight with calorie restriction and daily exercise. Fruits and vegetable are low in calories and will lower your ldl. If you have diabetes, keeping blood sugar in check will help greatly. Avoid animal fats, butter, whole milk and soft cheeses which are caloric. Use nonfat milk and yogurt, whole grains, legumes, nuts, & olive oil in small amts. ...Read more

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I have a high LPA. Have you heard if using low does estrogen to lower this? My cholesterol is 188 and I have great HDL and LDL

I have a high LPA. Have you heard if using low does estrogen to lower this? My cholesterol is 188 and I have great HDL and LDL

Lipoprotein (a),: as you know, is a lipoprotein subclass. It seems to be an independent risk factor for atherosclerotic disease. The only drug currently recommended for elevated Lp(a) is niacin. The effect of estrogen on Lp(a) is unclear: there is some evidence that ERT is associated with lower Lp(a) levels, but whether risk is lowered is questionable. Would not take ERT for this purpose alone. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cholesterol- 175, Triglycerides-50, LDL-100, but my HDL was low at 38... Is this a problem?

Cholesterol- 175, Triglycerides-50, LDL-100, but my HDL was low at 38... Is this a problem?

Not ideal, but...: We would ideally prefer a higher HDL, but the overall picture seems pretty positive. Pursuing a "heart-healthy" lifestyle, with healthy eating habits, regular exercise and avoidance of bad habits like smoking or alcohol or drug abuse would certainly be advisable, and that may lead to improving HDL levels over time. Even so, your total cholesterol:HDL is still less than 5 (as preferred). ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried about high total cholesterol, but with low LDL and very high hdl?

Do you think I should be worried about high total cholesterol, but with low LDL and very high hdl?

Usually OK: However, high total cholesterol and high HDL cholesterol may mean increased absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Some of these patients may also have increased levels of LDL "particles" despite normal LDL cholesterol levels. High HDL syndromes can be confusing, and this is one case where advanced lipid/lipoprotein testing and evaluation by a lipid specialist may help. ...Read more

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My triglycerides level is high....but cholesterol is awesome! Hdl is high, ldl low.... What could be going on?

My triglycerides level is high....but cholesterol is awesome!  Hdl is high, ldl low.... What could be going on?

Hypertriglyceridemia: If your serum triglyceride concentration is between 150 and 500 mg/dL, this is considered "mild to moderate" elevation. In the absence of risk factors for coronary heart disease, this may not be significant. You could bring your level down with aerobic exercise, avoiding concentrated sugars, and maybe taking a fish oil supplement (3000 mg per day). Fish oils can have GI and metabolic side effects. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 91 mg/dl (hdl 42, LDL 37, tri 61) is it too low and if so how can I raise it healthfully?

My total cholesterol is 91 mg/dl (hdl 42, LDL 37, tri 61) is it too low and if so how can I raise it healthfully?

Yes, dangerously low: Many docs believe cholesterol is just a bad thing that clogs arteries. Actually it is an essential component of every cell membrane & the building block for testosterone, cortisol & all steroid hormones. Low cholesterol is much more dangerous than high cholesterol, associated with increased risk of cancer, stroke, depression etc. Low cholesterol is usually a sign of liver problems. See comment:. ...Read more

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