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What Are Good Hdl Numbers
Higher the better: Epidemiologically, the higher the hdl-c, the better, with notably reduced risk with hdl-c in excess of 60 mg/dl. The problem is that this is often genetically and gender dependent, & there is scant evidence that raising hdl-c per se (independent of triglycerides and ldl-c) by drugs will change clinical outcomes. We have new agents in trials that significantly raise hdl-c & may improve outcomes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more
More info please: Depends on how high your LDL is. Also depends on your risk factors and your diet. LDL can be lowered by increasing your omega fatty acid, by increasing your exercise and possibly by decreasing your carbohydrate intake. If you have low risk factors then there wouldn't be much cause for concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TLC diet: Therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) diet is an excellent and recommended diet for patients with high cholesterol. Follow the link below for more detail: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.Pdf talk to your doctor or a registered dietician for more individualized help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cardiovascular Risk: Cholesterol is transported in the blood inside carrier vehicles called lipoprotein particles. Following entry into the artery wall low density lipoprotein (ldl) particles directly promote development of atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries") and increase risk for heart attack and stroke. High density lipoprotein (HDL) particles work in several ways to decrease atherosclerosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not good!: For some reason, your results are outside the healthy range in each measure. You might find a good nutritionist who could help you find a diet plan - but a good physician is also needed. You are young and it strikes me as good since you have time to reshape your habits, but bad that it is so out of range already. Don't worry, but do take it seriously - as they say - like a heart attack! ...Read more
What is the significance of these numbers: my triglycerides are 79 HDL 66 LDL 126 total cholesterol is 208?
Depends on Particles: Both labs and risk factors are important in knowing cardiovascular (cvd) risk. More than cholesterol, cvd is related to the number of LDL (ldl-p) and HDL particles (hdl-p). Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable cholesterol levels often disagree with particle number. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several Options: Several things to consider. Eliminate things that lower HDL cholesterol (hdl-c) like smoking. Maintain regular exercise. Modest alcohol intake can increase hdl-c, so long as it does not raise triglyceride levels. Treat elevated blood sugar if present. Finally, talk with your doctor about certain medications that may decrease hdl-c levels. ...Read more
Avoid simple Carbs: Cholesterol, a fat, part of all animal membranes, allow membrane/cell flexibility, animal motion, thus made by all animal cells, has never been correct issue. High Density Lipoproteins, which can remove fat molecules from cells which are fat overloaded (such as macrophages in atherosclerotic plaque), have long been subdivided into 5 subgroups based on size. Focus on ?ing 2 largest HDL particles! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My fbs, cholesterol, ldl, and alt/sgpt are high, but my HDL and triglycerides are normal. What does this mean?
Concerns: Need to see a doctor. Elevated blood sugar, fasting, along with elelvated cholesterol are both risk factors for heart disease. Diabetes or pre-diabetes can often be associated with fatty liver, which can raise the liver function testes (alt/ast) even if the triglyceride level is normal. Important to get this addressed asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My father is taking pravastatin 20mg for high cholesterol. Total cholesterol, LDL & HDL are normal but triglycerides are 250. Why is this & what to do?
Change medication.: Assuming he is following a prudent, cholesterol-lowering diet and exercise plan, Pravastatin is not created with the intent of lowering the triglycerides, no matter what dose he tries. Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Crestor will lower the cholesterol at safe doses, but they may be more expensive than Pravastatin, depending on his insurance plan. But they will lower the triglycerides and keep LDL and HDL in check. ...Read more
Watch saturated fat: Cholesterol content in foods is not as important as saturated and trans fats. These are found in meat, diary, processed and fast foods. Everyone knows about red meat, but bad fats are hidden in cheese and pizza, fast food burgers, fried chicken and fries. Ice cream, puddings, and cookie and cake mixes are also bad. Replace with unsaturated vegetable oils, veggies, fish, soy, nuts and fruit. ...Read more
I know LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" artery clogging cholesterol, but are there healthy levels that are good for you?
Depends on Particles: Ldl can be estimated by cholesterol (ldl-c) or measured by particle number (apob or NMR ldl-p). However, ldl-c and ldl-p do not equally predict cardiovascular risk. When ldl-c and ldl-p values disagree (due to cholesterol variability per particle) cvd risk tracks with LDL particle number, not ldl-c values. Ideal ldl-p values are <1000 nmol/l for high risk patients and <1300 nmol for everyone else. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My lipid profile reports are as follows: total cholestrol: 190, hdl:36, ldl:119, vldl cholestrol: 35, What does all of this mean?
Make lifestylechange: At your young age, your HDL should be higher (>45 mg/dl). this is good cholesherol: eat salmon, walnuts, avocado to name a few foods with good fats, and exercise regularly (20 mins even brisk walking 4x/wk) good. Then 6-8 months later, recheck lipids to see if HDL improved. LDL= bad cholesterol, Yours is Ok ( ...Read more
Unsaturated: The weight of opinion is that a diet high in saturated fat increases LDL cholesterol / vascular risk (heart attack, stroke). Epidemiologic studies especially based on what people say they've eaten and without controlling for other factors generate unreliable results; this is "best current thinking." trans-fats are generally no longer available over concerns about risk despite no real animal model. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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