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Thursday, February 25, 2010 dwshaqdaddy, Community Member, asks

Q: Should I be worried about my cholesterol numbers?

my numbers were very close to the Jack's averages in the article "Why “Average” Cholesterol Values Can Be So Bad" Total Chlor: 184 LDL: 119 HDL: 51 Tryigl:68 Chol/HDL ratio: 3.6 LDL/HDL ration: 2.3  My Doctor wants to put me on meds to lower my cholesterol. I really don't want to and would rather try a change in diet. Should I be worried and should I ask him to use the lipoprotein analysis to better check it.

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2/26/10 12:00pm

Hi Dwshaqdaddy,


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


Based on the above your levels are no reason to be overly concerned. However, I do encourage you to discuss a comprehensive lipid panel, especially if your physician is recommending medication.


Here's a post you may want to review for diet and lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol:


Your Checklist to Lower Cholesterol


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

dwshaqdaddy, Community Member
2/26/10 12:07pm

thanks Lisa. I really appreciate the information. I will talk to my doctor in a couple of weeks when I go in for my physical.



reruho, Community Member
2/26/10 7:49pm

I think a better question to ask your doctor is why do you think I need to lower my cholesterol number which are really not bad at all?


Do you have other risk factors for heart disease? Like a family history, obesity, high blood pressure or a previous heart attack or stoke. If you answer yes to any of the above and it is more than one yes, that would be a good reason.


But if you only have one and it isn't a previous heart attack/stroke, then I would hesitate about statins.


I am a victim of getting my cholesterol too low and I was feeling like crap and everyone (medical people, that is) was marveling at my TC of 105 and LDL of 45 and telling how great my numbers were. No one could tell me what was too low or if there was any health issues associated with extremely low cholesterol. When the depression. insomnia, hormonal and gallbladder issues started, I told the doctor it was time to stop the statin. On March 8th, I will be fully recovered after they take out my gallbladder.




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By dwshaqdaddy, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 02/25/10