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Old 06-19-2018, 08:23 AM
 
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Just got blood test result, and kinda worried, altho nothing much has changed since two years ago, and altho I don't want to put too much stock in numbers, but...

1. my total cholesterol is 213.
borderline high is 200-239,
which would put me not in grave danger, but in the area of - do something.

altho two years ago that number was similar (214 I think)

2. I can't remember which is "good" and "bad" cholersterol
my triglyceride mg/dL ---- 73
HDL cholesterol -- 89
LDL cholesterol -- 132.

for the LDL it says the range of borderline high is 130-159.

I am 70 years old, mostly vegetarian, do yoga and meditation daily, exercise somewhat.

so I am always surprised that my numbers are not "better"

don't worry I have an appt to go over the results with doc, but not for another 10 days--
so if anyone has any opinion, would welcome it.

thanks.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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LDL is the bad, HDL is the good.

I don't know the ratio but I do know that the HDL number can offset the bad number. As long as the HDL is in a (?) range.

https://www.medicinenet.com/hdl_vs_l...sterol_numbers

If you look at the chart, your HDL number is excellent and really does offset the minor elevation of the LDL number which is not that far off of what they consider optimal.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:18 AM
 
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Here are some food tips on lowering LDL, my last labs were both very good on both and total cholesterol was 191.

https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-ma...esterol-fast#1

I work to eat salmon and some other fish at least once a week and faithful with Omega 3's..
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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The "total" number only works to give you a general idea of how you are doing.

It is calculated by adding LDL, HDL and 1/5 of the Trigs. I did the math and your total is actually 235.6
Your HDL and Trigs look good your LDL is still fine IMO. Even though your total is above 200, it doesn't mean much so as I said, unless you are in the 300+ range you have nothing to worry about.

This is just my opinion, I think that's a given but for some people you have to specify.

Here is a calculator.
Cholesterol HcDL/LDL/Triglycerides Ratios Calulator

Your numbers are similar to mine except my total was right under 200, but I do Keto (low carb high fat) and eat plenty of fat including animal fat. I have stated before in other posts, that your body will make up to 80% of your cholesterol regardless of what you eat or even if you fast. Many overlook this fact.

Edit:
My numbers in Oct 2017 were like this.
Total Cholesterol 173
HDL 62
LDL 89
Trigylcerides 114

My most recent test in March 2018 went up a bit.
Total Cholesterol 197
HDL 64
LDL 114
Trigylcerides 98

So they will go up and down but overall should remain pretty stable. The only way I know to dramatically change them would be to take Statins, no thanks. I'll live with my numbers.

My wife who is a sort of a vegetarian, she does eat eggs, dairy and fish/shrimp but plenty of rice and wheat products has higher numbers than me.

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Old 06-20-2018, 05:55 PM
 
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The good news is that your HDL (good cholesterol) is high

Bad news is that you need to diet, exercise and probably be on statins
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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My numbers were almost identical to yours last visit, and my doctor was not concerned, although I would like my LDL to be lower. I've been better about watching what I eat and exercising. In my uneducated opinion, statins aren't necessary for these numbers.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Just got blood test result, and kinda worried, altho nothing much has changed since two years ago, and altho I don't want to put too much stock in numbers, but...

1. my total cholesterol is 213.
borderline high is 200-239,
which would put me not in grave danger, but in the area of - do something.

altho two years ago that number was similar (214 I think)

2. I can't remember which is "good" and "bad" cholersterol
my triglyceride mg/dL ---- 73
HDL cholesterol -- 89
LDL cholesterol -- 132.

for the LDL it says the range of borderline high is 130-159.

I am 70 years old, mostly vegetarian, do yoga and meditation daily, exercise somewhat.

so I am always surprised that my numbers are not "better"

don't worry I have an appt to go over the results with doc, but not for another 10 days--
so if anyone has any opinion, would welcome it.

thanks.
What is your blood pressure and do you take any medication for it?
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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My BP is in normal range without meds. I used to take Lisinopril 20mg. I bought my own monitor and since changing my diet, I lost a lot of water from my muscles. This is not muscle mass but water. This diet does that to you. No more water retention and my BP tests normal around 115/70. I also consume plenty of salt. In fact I test either low or borderline on my lab work.

This is a bit off topic though. Sorry.
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