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.

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My blood test showed total cholesterol 103, LDL 47, HDL 41, trigs 83 with pattern b ldl. Should I consider niacin for the pattern b?

Controversial. Your LDL is already low, as is your cardiac risk. There is no scientific data to show that altering particle size by any method, or taking Niacin in particular, lowers your risk of cardiac events. Read more...

Are these good cholesterol blood test results (units: mmol/L)? Total is 3.55 - Triglyceride is 0.70 - HDL is 1.37 - LDL is 1.86 - Non HDL is 2.18.

Lab results. The most important part of your interaction with your doctor is having a good detailed history (including your family history) and a thorough physical examination. Only then, a laboratory exam should be performed and an interpretation made in light of the previously obtained information. You don't look at only one piece of information to get an answer. Would you buy a house after looking at 1 room. Read more...

My HDL LDL and total cholesterol is really high every time I go have blood work done. I am supposed to be taking meds. Is that safe not to?

Depends. The decision to take medications for high cholesterol depends on the levels of total and each subtype of cholesterol, as well as risks of the patient. If your doctor has recommended to start meds, you should follow your doctor's advice. High cholesterol if untreated can lead to heart and vascular disease. Read more...
You might be at risk. Having an elevated lipoprotein profile can put you at risk of of having a heart attack. Ask your doctor about the Framingham risk score for cardiovascular disease, using simple parameters such as systolic blood pressure, age, gender, total cholesterol, HDL and smoking or not, can predict your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. Read more...