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Q: Cholesterol is high, but I've been reading that what I ate before the test could affect results.

I recently had a physical for work, and my only abnormal result was high cholesterol. The night before the test I had an atypically high-fat dinner (steak and loaded baked potato with 4 pints of beer and dessert) within 12 hours of the test. While I'm trying to lose a bit of weight, overall I try to eat healthy and run 17-22 miles a week. Could my meal have slightly skewed my ldl levels and/or triglycerides? Is it worth having the test run again? I currently have no individual insurance and don't know if I'm overreacting.


total: 210

triglycerides: 81

hdl: 76

ldl: 118



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9/28/09 4:26pm

Hi Cholesterolconcerns,


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


All of your levels (HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) are within normal, even though the total is slightly elevated.  It is possible for food to impact non-fasting cholesterol lab measures.  Discuss with your physician the need for a fasting re-check.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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