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Q: cholesterol level

My total cholesterol is 281. My Triglycerides are 74. My HDL is 96. My LDL is 170. The ratio is 1.8/ Even though my total is high, do you think I should be on medicine. Ths ratio has alot to do with it . Doesn't it? What do you think?

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1/ 4/10 7:09pm

Hi Dot,


Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:

Total cholesterol less than 200
HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60
LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100
Triglycerides less than 150


Your LDL level is elevated.  I recommend discussing an expanded lipid profile with your physician, such as the Lipoprotein Particle Panel through SpectraCell Labs.  This way you know your LDL particle sizes and whether or not medication would be useful.  Also, here is a post you may want to review:


Cholesterol - 4 Steps to Lower LDL Cholesterol


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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By Dot, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 01/01/10