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Monday, December 22, 2008 Marcella, Community Member, asks

Q: Lipid Panel W/Reflex Results

Can somebody tell me if these results are ok. I am an active runner, and I just ran 26 miles before my blood work was done:

Cholesterol 138

Triglycerides 45

HDL 57

Chol/HDL Ratio 2.4

Non-HDL Chol 81


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Neil MD, Health Pro
12/22/08 6:34pm

Hello Marcella,


I wish all of my patient had cholesterol levels like yours.  They are GREAT!


The American Heart Association guidelines are a bit confusing, but optimal levels if you have no prior history of heart disease are as follows:


Total cholesterol:  less than 200mg/dl

Triglycerides: less than 150 mg/dl

HDL (good) cholesterol: greater than 60 mg/dl

LDL (bad): Less than 100 mg/dl


Though your HDL cholesterol is a it lower than optimal, your very low LDL numbers likely "make up" for this fact in terms of heart disease risk. If you want to raise your HDL cholesterol, consider adding fatty fish like salmon and tuna that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.


Be sure to discuss you numbers with your physician at your next visit.


To your health,

Neil MD

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By Marcella, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 12/22/08