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Q: Triglycerides are 171, Cholesterol is 186, HDL is 71, LDL is 81, VLDL is 34, LDL HDL Ratio 1

I am a 45 year old female.  Weight is 115 and height is 5ft. 6in.  I exercise (yoga, strength training, limited cardio because of long term foot injury) I eat very little red meat, dairy and sugar.  My father has had poor cholesterol levels since he was in his 30's.  I recently stopped taking Cymbalta 60mg- I had read this could contribute to elevated triglycerides.  What can I do to improve my numbers and what do they mean when looking at the "entire picture"?

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8/ 4/10 9:50am

Hi KPG,

 

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

 

Here is a post with tips to lower triglycerides:

 

Triglycerides: Why They Matter and How to Lower Them

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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deborah dunn, Community Member
10/16/11 7:14pm

ssounds like you are on the right track..however the heredity factor can be a big risk.

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