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Doctor insights on: Vldl Cholesterol Range

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What is the normal range for cholesterol without fasting?

Total or fractions?: Optimal total cholesterol is under 200 but we look more at the fractions. Many women have such a high good cholesterol (HDL) that a mildly elevated total cholesterol won't carry any risk. ...Read more

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What is the correct range for my cholesterol reading to be inside?

Cholesterol: If you have no risk factors for atherosclerotic disease a total cholesterol of up to 200 isn't necessarily bad. If there are any risk factors then down in the low 100's is preferable. We look at HDL and LDL more specifically often. ...Read more

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My cholesterol came back at 117 mg/dL. What can I do to bring it up into normal range?

My cholesterol came back at 117 mg/dL. What can I do to bring it up into normal range?

Why do you ask?: Reference ranges on lab data sheets are simply where most folks fall, not a range that indicates good health. They are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If you feel well, low cholesterol is not a problem. ...Read more

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Whats best high density lipoprotein cholesterol range?

Whats best high density lipoprotein cholesterol range?

Higher the better: Acceptable hdl-c traditionally has a lower level in men of 40 mg/dl and 50 mg/dl in women. But generally, the higher the better. The problem is that our current therapies (lifestyle and drugs) have minimal to modest impact on raising hdl-c. Future agents may be more effective, but the proof of improved outcome will be needed. Plus, all hdl-c may not be alike, some more functional than others. ...Read more

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What can I do if my cholesterol score is lower than the ideal range. What can too low cholesterol cause?

What can I do if my cholesterol score is lower than the ideal range. What can too low cholesterol cause?

Depression, stroke &: Quoting dr. Ronald hoffman"very low cholesterol is associated with dementia, depression, moodiness, aggressive behavior, violence & decreased learning ability and intelligence.It's also a risk factor for...Increased mortality from cancer, infections and suicide." men with chol. Below 150 have 4x the risk of cerebral hemorrhage than men with levels >190. See http://www.Ctds.Info/low_cholesterol.Html. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about low cholesterol 130, if my tryglicerids are 80 and cholesterol was in the normal range last month?

Should I be worried about low cholesterol 130, if my tryglicerids are 80 and cholesterol was in the normal range last month?

That's fine: The reference range is actually meaningless when it comes to cholesterol. You're a physically fit teen and low cholesterol isn't a problem. ...Read more