Alternative Names Total cholesterol test Normal Values Total cholesterol is an important measure of both bad and good cholesterol. Other lab tests are done to measure specific amounts of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. A cholesterol breakdown including LDL and HDL is preferred under certain circumstances. The total cholesterol values listed below are used to target therapy: Desirable: Under 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) Borderline high: 200 to 239 mg/dL High risk: 240 mg/dL and higher What abnormal results mean In general, a total cholesterol value over 200 mg/dL may mean you have a greater risk for heart disease. However, LDL levels are a better predictor of heart disease, and they determine how your high cholesterol should be treated. High total cholesterol levels may be caused by: Biliary cirrhosis Familial hyperlipidemias High-fat diet Hypothyroidism Nephrotic syndrome Uncontrolled diabetes Low cholesterol levels may be caused by: Hyperthyroidism Liver disease Malabsorption (inadequate a...
I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
HIV hasn't disappeared. The numbers are still haunting. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25. This equates with 2 new infections every hour of every day in this population. The good news is that early detection of the disease will make treatment more successful, and testing is a relatively easy and cheap (often free) process. By testing yourself now, you not only help yourself, you also protect those around you from becoming infected. Should I Get Tested? In a lecture on AIDS, an infectious disease specialist was asked how he determined whether to test a patient for HIV. The specialist replied, "My policy is, if they have a sexual organ, I test "em." In other words, everyone who has sex is at risk of getting HIV. You should consider getting tested if you: Are sexually active, regardless of your sexual orientation or number of partners Have ever used intravenous drugs or shared needles Have ever had a blood transfusion, particularly if ...
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