What type of doctor can order a LDL cholesterol?

ANY DOC=LDL order. Any doctor can order an LDL cholesterol (as part of a lipid panel: ldl, hdl, total cholesterol, triglycerides) but usually your primary physician orders the lab and can counsel you on the results. If you are seeing a cardiologist for any reason they will follow your lipid panel closely. The cardiolgists in my town prefer that the primary care doctors order/manage the results. Ldl goals vary.
Any can order. Any doctor and many non md's such as np's can order and interpret cholesterol results. If faced with complex results then seeing someone with an interest and expertise in this area might be the next step. In some cases more advanced testing might be indicated. Lipid specialists can be found throughout the country go to www.Learnyourlipids.Com or www.Lipid.Org.

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I have type 2diabetes, I am 31 yrs old. My recent lab LDL was 135, HDL 75, Ttyglycerides 40, Total cholesterol of 216. I am planning pregnancy, my doctor said I cant be on any medication at present. I have tried to follow diet remedies, My doctor said, m

Diet. Since your triglycerides are low, I'm assuming that your diabetes is well controlled by diet but I would like to know what your hgb A1c is. Your total cholesterol/hdl level is healthy but most recommend an ldl close to 70 which would require statin use. For pregnancy,I think you'll be fine on no concentrated sweets,low starch, low Sat'd fat diet and deal with statins in the future and hgbA 1c low. Read more...

I'm 32. Went 2 doctor 2day 4 physical. Doc was shocked my LDL Cholesterol is 16 mg/dL & curious as 2 how. Is a 16 LDL of concern? I Take No Choles. Med

An LDL of 16 mg/dl. is VERY low. We think anything <40 mg/dl is low. It very well could be genetic...this would be worth checking into by talking to family members. There have been diseases/conditions associated with low LDL: cancer, depression, anxiety, hemorrhagic stroke. The question: is LDL the cause, an effect, or unrelated. I do think this is worth investigating, probably with a Lipid (blood fat) specialist. Read more...

Went 2 doctor 2day 2 get a physical & he was shocked 2 tell me that my LDL Cholesterol is 16 & curious as 2 how. Is a 16 LDL Serious? No Cholest Meds.

Low LDL or high? hello ~ I am afraid I dont know. No units of measurement so the question is unanswerable. A few tips: NEVER use ABBREVIATION if thriving and staying alive is a goal. ALWAYS include the units of measurement. 16 stand alone is meaningless. 16 what? mg/100ml or SI units. 16 is very HIGH in SI units and very low in mg%. Medicine is an ART and a Science. ALWAYS insist the ART never blurs the Science.tx. Read more...

Can your cholesterol be too low? I went to doc 2day and he was shocked that my LDL was 16mg/dL! Is that concerning? My total cholesterol was a 93

Repeat it. This may be a lab error. If it's not, and you feel well, be thankful for good health. There's a couple of kinks in the genetics that produce very low LDL's, some with some unpleasant side effects, and you may be offered a workup. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/121975-overview. Read more...

Ldl is 240 doc recommend statin for three months total cholesterol is 287. Should statins be taken for three months.?

Statin for life. With numbers like that, you may need to be on a statin for life. Three months of medicine are not going to "fix" your metabolism. You need to diet, exercise, and maintain a goal weight for life. At your 3 month interval assessment, have your fp draw a fasting NMR test to count your LDL particle number - now discovered to be one of the only independent predictors of coronary artery disease known. Read more...

I am 24 and my cholesterol level is 226 mg/dl and LDL is 172 mg/dl. Where limits 200, and 160. Doctor wasn't even worried to mention it.

Too young. No one in the world is to test cholesterol when you are so young. There are no treatment recommendations for this at your age. Read more...
Repeat and diet. Hyperlipidemias are classified according to which types of lipids are elevated, that is hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia or both. Additional testing to define the nature of the elevation can help guide treatment, but given the mild nature of your elevation, dietary modification is the initial approach. If unsuccessful, treat with statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) and/or fibrates. Read more...