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Doctor insights on: What Is A Good Total Cholesterol Number

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My total cholesterol is 238 but my other number are good: HDL - 104 Chol/HDL Ratio 2.3 Triglcerides 57 VLDL 11 LDL (Calculated) 122 Should i worry?

My total cholesterol is 238 but my other number are good:
HDL - 104
Chol/HDL Ratio 2.3
Triglcerides 57
VLDL 11
LDL (Calculated) 122

Should i worry?

I think no: Treat the person, not the numbers. This stuff is mostly genetic. I trust that you're not a smoker and that you stay fit. Best wishes. ...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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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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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 it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Is it dangerous for a man to have a total cholesterol number of 198?

Depends on other: Factors. A total cholesterol of 198 is not dangerous 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. See md. ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 140. I'm not vegetarian though eat healthily. Is that too number low?

My total cholesterol is 140. I'm not vegetarian though eat healthily. Is that too number low?

You're fine: I'll bet you're a physically fit 20 year old man. Diet actually doesn't have that much impact; fitness and genetics much more. I hope you can maintain it. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol is 211. Good cholesterol 85. Bad cholesterol 111. What can I do to get my bad cholesterol down?

Total cholesterol  is 211.  Good cholesterol 85. Bad cholesterol  111.   What can I do to get my bad cholesterol  down?

Might do you harm!: With a HDL of 85 i see no benefit to lowering your ldl. Low cholesterol can be as hazardous as high cholesterol. The role of cholesterol in heart disease is overestimated. See http://www.Sott.Net/article/242516-heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease & http://www.Cbn.Com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/october/cholesterol-myth-what-really-causes-heart-disease/. ...Read more

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How aggressively should a high total cholesterol(say 250 and up, be treated iin 85 yr. Old woman, otherwise in good health?

How aggressively should a high total cholesterol(say 250 and up, be treated iin 85 yr. Old woman, otherwise in good health?

Good question: Treating cholesterol aggressively makes the most sense for people with high cardiovascular risk. The question i would ask is: how much would this woman benefit at this point in her life if she has no signs of cardiovascular disease? Statin therapy can be expensive and cause uncomfortable side effects and rarely serious reactions. A healthy diet and aerobic exercise have no down side at any age. ...Read more

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Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Is total cholesterol just HDL + LDL or is there another factor that has relevance when calculating the total cholesterol number?

Yes: Total cholesterol measures the cholesterol contained in all lipoproteins including low density lipoprotein (ldl), intermediate density lipoprotein (idl), high density lipoprotein (hdl), very low density lipoprotein (vldl), and chylomicrons. Ldl-c and hdl-c do make up most of the cholesterol reported in the total cholesterol number. ...Read more

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Had a physical and it came back with these high number 217 total Cholesterol, 5.7 Cholestrol/HDL ratio and 288 Triglyerides is this bad?

Could be better: 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, it would better if both cholesterol and triglycerides were lower. If you are overweight, try to lose weight, not easy. 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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Total cholesterol : 236 mg/dl, LDL : 166 mg/dl and triglicarydes : 162 mg/DL. HDL : 37.How good/bad are these counts for a 28 year old boy?

Need work: Your values are not too bad, but could be much better, especially HDL should be higher. If you are overweight, lost weight.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 or alcohol in any form. ...Read more