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Doctor insights on: Why Is Ldl Bad And Hdl Good

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Hdl (Definition)

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


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What is the difference between LDL and hdl? What is good and bad for you?

What is the difference between LDL and hdl? What is good and bad for you?

HDL is Good: Hdl or high density lipoprotein and LDL or low density lipoprotein are particles that are important in cholesterol metabolism. Hdl is the "good" particle that pulls cholesterol out of the arterial wall. Ldl is the "bad" particle particularly when it is "dense" or cholesterol laden that allow cholesterol transportation and deposition into the artery wall accelerating atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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My LDL is 113, and HDL is 45, is it good or bad? What should I do? I am 26 years old,

My LDL is 113, and HDL is 45, is it good or bad? What should I do?
I am 26 years old,

Nothing: Remember the numbers you get are just about 1 of 10 things you need to do to have a long life. Lower all your risk factors to 1 and you will be ok. You were born with 1 so that's why i say 1. 2 if you have a powerful family history. Mitigate any other risk factors you have, don't smoke or sit around eating junk. Find a CAD risk assessment tool to see how the factors affect you. ...Read more

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My HDL was very high which was good but my LDL (the "bad") was about 18 points too high. Is the LDL significant in the grand sceme of it all?

My HDL was very high which was good but my LDL (the "bad") was about 18 points too high. Is the LDL significant in the grand sceme of it all?

LDL is atherogenic: Risk of developing heart disease based on multiple factors& excess LDL is only 1 of them. At your age, lifestyle changes to decrease LDL ought to be undertaken as first step. Signif decrease your intake of saturated fats (fats that are solid at room temp =butter), shellfish, egg yolk to name a few. Eat a Mediterranean diet as much as possible. Walk 10000 steps/day. Recheck fasting lipid 6 months ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my HDL was very high which was good but my LDL (the bad) was about 18 points too high. I significant in the grand sceme of it all?

Actual numbers: It's hard to render an opinion without the actual numbers and without knowing more about you (your total risk is not determined only by your cholesterol) but, in general, what you've described would not be any cause for alarm or require treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my HDL was very high which was good but my LDL (the "bad") was about 18 points too high. I significant in the grand sceme of it all?

Old school vs new: Previously, we stated that HDL greater than 60mg/dL was protective & allowed us to subtract a risk factor when calculating risk for future heart attack. We then decided your LDL goal based upon risk. Since 11/13, we no longer have LDL "goals". Instead, we have 4 groups who may benefit from statins (only drug proven to prevent heart attacks, not just lower LDL). So focus on lifestyle then recheck ...Read more

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Which cholesterol is the good ones and which ones are the bad? Ldl- vldl- hdl-triglycerides...

Which cholesterol is the good ones and which ones are the bad?  Ldl- vldl- hdl-triglycerides...

Non-hdl: Non-hdl is considered the worse of them all. Ldl and vldl can reflect the amount of non- HDL you have in your body. Hdl is protective and triglycerides are good if not above 150 fasting. ...Read more

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First cholesterol test in 1982 was 203 and last test just done was 213 with HDL and LDL all in normal ranges. Is this good or bad?

First cholesterol test in 1982 was 203 and last test just done was 213 with HDL and LDL all in normal ranges. Is this good or bad?

Depends: Cholesterol norms vary depending on the risk factors one has such as the presence of hypertension, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart attack, etc. Knowing that as well as the actual #s for your cholesterol fractions may help better determine whether those are normal in your case or not. ...Read more

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First cholesterol test in 1982 was 203. Last test in 2013 was 213 with LDL and HDL all in normal ranges. Is this a good or bad sign?

First cholesterol test in 1982 was 203. Last test in 2013 was 213 with LDL and HDL all in normal ranges. Is this a good or bad sign?

Very good/keep up,,,: This is very good as you've apparently kept your cholesterol from increasing dramatically. Everything else is in range so if you keep working on that total and do good diet and exercise, you'll be doing everything you can short of meds to keep it under control. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more