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Why Do Doctors Monitor The Concentration Of Ldl Hdl
Not easily: The LDL and HDL ratio is not routinely advised. A better calculation is perhaps cholesterol minus hdl-c or non-hdl-c. In many instances this number should not exceed 30 beyond your ldl-c goal which is based on your own risk. If your ldl-c goal is 70 then non-hdl goal is 100 or less. The triglyceride/hdl ratio may be predictive of risk as well as diabetes. Some believe it should be less than 3. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can the experts please talk about the normal levels accepted of hdl, LDL and triglycerides in blood?
Normal Lipids: There is a lot of variation in lipid levels, and what is considered normal depends on age and presence or absence of diabetes and heart disease. These are what would be considered normal lipids for a middle aged person without diabetes and heart disease: hdl > 40 (male) or > 50 (female) ldl. ...Read more
Can you tell me what the total cholesterol number in a lipid panel represent. My total is not the sum of my HDL and ldl.?
Why are doctors concerned when patient has raised cholesterol levels or a high ratio of ldls to hdls?
Lipids: Drs. Are concerned about elevated lipids because they are associated frequently with atherosclerotic disease. ...Read more
My blood test showed low hdl, normal ldl, 3x normal amount on triglycerides, any suggestions on how to fix these number?
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
I had a test with total Cholesterol of 3.8, hdl 0.2 and ldl 3.2. I need assistance on how to improve the hdl and lower the ldl.
Exercise: 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, your total cholesterol and LDL are not a cause for concern. If you reported your hdl correctly at 0.2, that is lower than desired. Consult your doctor to start exercising and reduce intake of saturated fats. ...Read more
My lab report saystotal cholesterol 194HDL 32.9LDL 138.9 .is this a major risk?what is the risk in this?how can i increase HDL and decrease LDL?
Relatively high risk: Hi. That's a relatively low HDL, high LDL, and high non-HDL (LDL + VLDL, dominated in your case by the LDL). What is your family history of heart attack and stroke? Are you diabetic? Do you smoke? Live healthily, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and obviously don't smoke. It is easy to justify a statin in a case like yours. The low HDL is tough to treat and I figure your triglycerides are ~150 ...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
I am 30 with no habit of smoking n drinking.. all cardiac tests ( 2deco, stress test, ECG and trop t ) are normal, what are the risk of heart attack?
Excellent question: Traditional thinking had been that a high fat diet always lead to a high cholesterol level but dr. Atkins has proven that to be wrong. That said, doctors advise against trans-fats and high saturated fat diets. The best diet is a mixture of protein, complex carbs, and monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats. The single most important feature is calorie control and achieving ideal body weight. ...Read more
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
Good cholesterol: Cholesterol acts with the body's proteins to create strructures known as lipoproteins. These have various sizes and functions. Hdl is generally recognized to form beneficial lipoproteins, hence it is referred to as "good" cholesterol. That is a number that we want to be as high as possible; it is often genetically and hormonally influenced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I understand that most blood pressure and statin drugs reduce cv risk by about 20-30%. My question is what about the other 70-80%?
Risk: Drugs are usually quoted in decreasing relative risk rather than absolute risk, this makes their effects sound more impressive. To decrease risk significantly requires taking care of multiple risk factors to get their additive benefits. Rarely do we get to high numbers of reducing absolute risk however. ...Read more
Hdl and Ldl normal total cholesterol normal but triglycerides 258 I'm 23 what can I do to get them down?
Find and Fix Causes: The first step is to determine why the triglyceride (TG) is elevated at age 23. Your physician will need to check for several inherited and acquired medical conditions that can affect TG levels. Another alternative is to see a lipidologist (physician specializing in lipid and lipoprotein disorders). You can find a lipidologist at www.Lipidboard.Org (click "verify status", then search your state). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My HDL is 10mg/dl (method: direct) LDL is 113.60mg/dl (method:enzymatic colorimetric & calculated) how to improve . What are the effects on me.
Low HDL: Your HDL (good cholesterol) is very low as it should be over 40mg/dl. Exercise is a good way to raise HDL but you would also benefit from meds. Ask your pcp about certain meds like Niaspan (niacin) which may also help raise this number. Your LDL (bad cholesterol) is slightly high and can be lowered with diet. Do you have any other medical problems? This and age/gender will dictate your goal ldl. ...Read more
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