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Q: help my cholesterol is 225 !

I am 4foot11, 156, (yeah I know) my cholestrol was just told to me...225 ? what does that mean ?

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2/ 9/09 11:51am

Hi Melissa,

 

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

 

It helps if you learn the breakdown of your total cholesterol.  By that I mean, learn your HDL, LDL, and triglycerides.  The number that is high can determine the most effective treatment plan.

 

All the best,

 

Lisa Nelson, RD

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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on'es, Community Member
2/ 4/09 8:26pm

What does the test result mean?

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For adults, in a routine setting where testing is done to screen for risk, the test results are grouped in three categories of risk:

  • Desirable: A cholesterol below 200 mg/dL (5.18 mmol/L) is considered desirable and reflects a low risk of heart disease.
  • Borderline high: A cholesterol of 200 to 239 mg/dL (5.18 to 6.18 mmol/L) is considered to reflect moderate risk. Your doctor may decide to order a lipid profile to see if your high cholesterol is due to the amount of bad cholesterol (high LDL-C) or good cholesterol (high HDL-C) in your blood. Depending on the results of the lipid profile (and any other risk factors you may have), your doctor will decide what to do.
  • High Risk: A cholesterol greater than or equal to 240 mg/dL (6.22 mmol/L) is considered high risk. Your doctor may order a lipid profile (as well as other tests) to try to determine the cause of your high cholesterol. Once the cause is known, an appropriate treatment will be prescribed.

The risk categories for children and adolescents are different than adults. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about your child’s results.

In a treatment setting, testing is used to see how much cholesterol is decreasing as a result of treatment. The goal for the amount of change or the final (target) value will be set by your doctor. The target value is usually based on

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