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Q: my total cholesterol is 246 but my HDL is 87, should i be worried?

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8/28/10 2:24pm

Hi Lola,


I recommend discussing a comprehensive lipid panel with your physician to look at your cholesterol particle sizes. This will give you a better idea of whether or not your cholesterol is healthy or not. Yes, your elevated total cholesterol may be related to your high HDL levels; however, there are "good" and "bad" forms of HDL cholesterol and the only way to know yours is through a comprehensive lipid panel.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
9/ 8/10 8:29am

You look a bit high, but your missing your LDL figure, and your Triglyceride figure in-order to tell.


They should give you 4 figures:


1- Total Cholesterol (which should be under 200)

2- LDL/bad plaque (which should be under 85)

3- HDL/good (which should be OVER 40)

4- Triglyceride/fat (which should be under 150)


Your HDL is GREAT, but still your Cholesterol of 246 should really be under 200.

So if I was to say worry or not to worrry, I say worry.

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