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What Does It Mean To Have Low Triglycerides
Very Little: Once upon a time, we thought that having too little cholesterol could interfere with the formation of hormones like testosterone and estrogen, or alter the membranes surrounding cells. None of that has really borne out, and for heart attack patients we routinely target an LDL of 50-70. Odds are pretty good that you're just lucky and have a good diet and good genes. ...Read more
are crucially important, energy-dense, poorly-water-soluble molecules made of 3 fat molecules attached to a glycerol backbone. They are made by all animals, including humans http://goo.gl/H7mItd, mostly in the liver, as a way of storing energy & transported within fat carrying proteins (lipoproteins). Production & storage ↑es on sugar/carbohydrate LFHC foods driving ↑ LDL-P & ...Read more
Heart disease risk.: Hdl (high density lipoprotein) protects the body by removing excess cholesterol from the walls of arteries. A high HDL (>60 mg/dl) can protect the body from heart disease. A low HDL (<30 mg/dl), on the other hand, is a risk factor for developing heart disease. A patient with low HDL can exercise, lose weight, or take medication to raise it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammation: Alt is an enzyme produced by the liver. When it is elevated it signifies liver inflammation which can come from multiple causes, the aasld-american association of the study of liver disease considers a normal alt to 19 or less in a woman and 30 or less in a male. Alt numbers higher than this again means there is liver inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation if goin: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a very old test that roughly measures the amount of inflammatory proteins in the blood. These proteins can be due to a rheumatic disease, inflammatory disease or infectious disease. Most important is the context in which it occurs and why the test was ordered in the first place. ...Read more
Immune test: The body normally makes immunoglobulins iga, igg, igm, ige and igd. Low or absent IG levels are seen in patients with recurrent infections. A low igm level that is clinically relevant usually occurs in the presence of a low igg and/or IgA level. It is always best to treat a patient, not a number. If a person is otherwise healthy and only has lower igm, usually no worries. ...Read more
CRP: CRP is just a marker of inflammation from any source and thus non-specific. As for phosphate level, do you have a calcium and serum protein level as well? It often implicate something related to your bones. Soda pops have high phosphate content but I have not heard of excessive consumption of soda leading to high serum phosphate level. ...Read more
Lymphocytosis: Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cell. They can be elevated in various inflammatory and infectious disorders, as well as in some malignancies. Specifying the type, the degree of elevation, and possibly determining what markers they have on their surface can help exclude important things like leukemia or lymphoma. ...Read more
What time is it?: Your temperature varies during the day. It may be around 96 early before you get up and close to 100 on a warm afternoon. 98.6 is an average. If it's cold and you're shivering you're hypothermic--like outside in cold weather or in an unheated house. I hope to keep my temperature above room temperature as long as i can... ...Read more
Body type : Low metabolism people are very efficient in conserving calories, so they need very few calories to function, the unused calories become fat. High metabolism people need lot of calories to function , so they utilize more calories to function. In early days of evolution low metabolism is a advantage since you can eat less to survive, but the situation is now reversed. ...Read more
Misunderstanding: Perhaps your physician has told you that the liver enzymes are elevated. You'll be asked to have them repeated when you're not taking your usual meds or alcohol (if applicable), and if they're still up, you'll be worked up for serious illness (hepatitis b ; c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, a few others). They may just be up because you need more exercise. Best wishes. ...Read more
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