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Q: Understanding cholesterol blood work numbers

I would like help understanding my overall health with cholesterol numbers, if I should be concerned with any of them. I am a 32 year old male and weigh 428 pounds. I am in the process of getting insurance approval to have bariatric surgery. Here are the results of my cholesterol from my last test taken on January 25 - Total cholesterol - 159 D-HDL - 37.9 Triglycerides - 70 VLDL - 14.0 LDL - 107 NON HDL CHOL - 121 CHOL/HDL - 4.2 What I already know is that my total cholesterol and triglycerides are in range. My LDL is slightly high, and my non HDL and CHOL/HDL are in range. However, there was no range for VLDL. I'm also curious to know overall if I should be highly concerned with my LDL being 107. Thank you.
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1/31/13 12:17pm

Hi Jason,


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


The best way to know if your cholesterol levels are "healthy" is to have a comprehensive lipid panel completed to look at the particle sizes. There are "good" and "bad" forms of LDL cholesterol and there are "good" and "bad" forms of HDL cholesterol the only way to know if you slightly elevated LDL is a concern is to know more about your particle sizes.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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By Jason, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/31/13, First Published: 01/28/13