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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Jane, Community Member, asks

Q: Recent Cholesterol Levels: Triglycerides 45 LDL 91 HDL 124 Total 224 Is there a problem here?

48 years old, fit, recently removed sugar and grains from my diet; increased fat and protein, had cholesterol tested after 7 weeks.  Trigycerides usually 60-70 and HDL usually 85-95.  LDL around 80.  Trigycerides dropped to 45 and HDL shot up to 124.  Doctor is concerned that HDL could be because of neurotoxin and is concerned with the very low triglyceride levels as well as the overall total of 224.  Should I be concerned and what could have caused this?  Am otherwise healthy.

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10/15/08 7:59pm

Hi Jane,


The changes you made have given you great results!  Well done!  Anytime HDL is high, it gets more difficult to keep total cholesterol less than 200.  Generally that is not a concern, a high HDL is desirable and counteracts the negative of a total cholesterol greater than 200.  A previous HDL of 85-95 is excellent and I do not find the jump to 124 to be such a stretch compared to say an HDL normally around 40-50 and then a big jump to 124, especially if you were incorporating more heart healthy fats into your diet these past 7 weeks.  However, I would not rule out what your MD is saying related to neurotoxins and HDL.  I came across a study not too long ago looking for participants with HDL levels greater than 100 mg/dl to explore elevated HDL levels further.  It's an area we need to learn more about.


Again, great job!


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

The Heart of Health - Heart Health and Weight Loss Tips

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By Jane, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/07/12, First Published: 10/15/08