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My total cholesterol is 161. Does this mean I should do something?

My total cholesterol is 161. Does this mean I should do something?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 161 is not a cause for concern in itself. But any lab value needs to be interpreted in the total clinical context. What is your hdl, lipids, ldl, what is the family history of cardiovascular disease? Please note that half the heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol. It is still important to exercise, control your weight and maintain a healthy diet. ...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 164, hdl 26 low, ldl 108, trig 152. Is my hdl too low. What does that mean? Hiw can I raise it?

Isolated low: HDL, by itself, does not mean much, if you have no other risk factors. Vigorous exercise is the only way of raising it. There is no medication that will do it. If you have other risk factors, you should ask your doctor to see if your LDL needs attention. ...Read more

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Hi my total cholesterol is 5.83 my tryglycreides 1.42. My hdl 2.04 and ldl 3.14. I am 54 yrs what does this mean for me. Thank you?

Depends...: These results must be interpreted by your doctor, based on your other risk factors and clinical picture. It thus depends.... But, LDL is bad cholesterol - slightly high. HDL, good cholesterol - also slightly high. ...Read more

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What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel mean. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

What does the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel mean. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?

Complicated answer: Total cholesterol is comprised of cholesterol contained in multiple particles. These are:
1. Hdl (good)
2. Ldl (very bad)
3. Vldl (bad)
4. Idl (bad)
5. Chylomicrons and remnants (bad)
6. Lp (a)

one easy way to assess your total bad cholesterol is to calculate non-hdl cholesterol by subtracting HDL from total. Some studies say this is better than ldl. Ideal levels of this are less than 130 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Hi, I've got the below results from my blood tests. ALT SGPT : 46.7, Fasting Blood Sugar : 114, Total Cholesterol : 225 what does this mean?

Hi, I've got the below results from my blood tests. ALT SGPT : 46.7, Fasting Blood Sugar : 114, Total Cholesterol : 225 what does this mean?

Follow up needed: In order to accurately interpret these labs results, one has to be sure of the normal ranges used by the lab. These results also need to be correlated with your overall health status Going by the info above, it appears like you have slightly elevated liver enzyme, abnormal FBS and elevated cholesterol. In addition to follow up with your PCP, you may also need to make some lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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I went vegan few months back and got a full body blood test. My total cholesterol was 117 and HDL - 39 and LDL- 69. What does this mean?

I went vegan few months back and got a full body blood test. My total cholesterol was 117 and HDL - 39 and LDL- 69. What does this mean?

Cholesterol levels: Congratulations those are very healthy levels! Generally, an LDL of less than 160 is recommended. Patient with other health problems such as diabetes or heart disease should aim for a level of less than 100. ...Read more

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Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Is 95 total cholesterol ok?

Usually It Is: Low total cholesterol levels can be found in a variety of settings. For individuals who are not on lipid medications and are otherwise healthy this can occur due to genetically low LDL levels associated with low production of LDL particles (hypobetalipoproteinemia) or increased clearance of LDL particles. See your physician for further discussion and evaluation. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Is total cholesterol of 206 bad?

Not necessarily: It depends on how your total cholesterol is made up.
The HDL portion is considered more protective, and the LDL portion is considered more atherogenic (more likely to cause cholesterol buildup in the arteries).
If your total has a high HDL and a low ldl, the overall general pattern is considered more healthful than a high LDL and low HDL pattern. ...Read more

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What can I do to lower my total cholesterol?

Live better: Cholesterol has a genetic predisposition as well as lifestyle component. Improving your diet and exercising are key. Eat low glycemic is key b/c sugar can increase cholesterol as well. Eat good fats such as nuts in moderation, olive oil, avocados. Eat more plants, eat lean proteins, and exercise! Use more fish oil to help. ...Read more

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How much of your total cholesterol is made by the body?

80%: Only about 20% of your cholesterol is due to dietary intake. Cholesterol is necessary for building neurotransmitters, cell walls, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone and many other useful things in your body. Some people just make too much. ...Read more

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Is having a total cholesterol of 91 dangerous to my health?

Depends: If you do not have other health issues, a total cholesterol of 91 per se, is not dangerous.
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. ...Read more

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What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

What's the highest total cholesterol number people can get?

> 400 - 500: Although the goal is to have your total cholesterol result below 200, some people, despite their healthy eating and exercise, can carry genetics that cause total failure in their body's cholesterol manufacture or control. ...Read more

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How are cholesterol and total cholesterol values different?

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

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What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: total cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a Fat: 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 & all other fats present. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 4, 81 mmol/l - is that high and healthly?

Normal range: You total cholesterol is in the normal range. Please note that it does mean that you are not at risk of heart disease. Half the people who get heart attacks have normal cholesterol. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Is 187 good for total cholesterol or should I try to lower that?

Okay but it needs to: Be looked at in the context of other lipid results. Cholesterol of 187 is normal. What are your hdl, LDL and triglyceride levels? ...Read more

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Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

Is there a cholesterol value more helpful than total cholesterol?

HDL, TG: HDL (good cholesterol) should be >60. Triglycerides (bad cholesterol) should be <100. Consuming high amounts of carbs lowers HDL and increases TG. Consuming healthy fat, protein, and vegetables increases HDL, decreases TG. If your HDL is quite high and TG low, then do not worry about just elevated total cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol?

Usually none: Most times when people talk about "cholesterol" they refer to the "total" number. ...Read more

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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

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Is a total cholesterol result of 257 mg/dl anything to worry about?

Yes: It is considered elevated. Want it at least under 200 or even lower depending on co-morbidness (e.g. Hypertension, diabetes, family history, etc.). A heart healthy diet and regular exercise program is the first step. ...Read more

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Why could my total cholesterol have increased 12 points in only 2 weeks?

Why could my total cholesterol have increased 12 points in only 2 weeks?

Yes: Were the two measurements done under similar circumstances, i.e., after overnight fast and at the same lab?
Intake of saturated fats can cause an increase in cholesterol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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Could anyone explain to me how is total cholesterol numbers are calculated?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are there different ways of calculating your total cholesterol?

The results are the: Same. Cholesterol testing methods have undergone harmonization so that irrespective of the method, you get similar results. ...Read more

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Why are there different ways of calculating your total cholesterol? Is there a standard way?

See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5). ...Read more

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239 total cholesterol. What is the most exercise and best diet I can do to reduce it significantly within 3 months. I am ready to exercise a lot!

239 total cholesterol. What is the most exercise and best diet I can do to reduce it significantly within 3 months. I am ready to exercise a lot!

Diet and exercise: Reduce you intake of saturated fats and losing weight would help.
Wish you 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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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