Tuesday, September 22, 2009 rjinator, Community Member, asks

Q: My HDL is very high - 76, but my LDL is also very high - 152. What does this mean?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
9/22/09 4:49pm

Hi rjinator,

 

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 you may want to review:

 

Cholesterol - 4 Steps to Lower LDL Cholesterol

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps

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rjinator, Community Member
9/22/09 5:07pm

Lisa, Thank you for your response. Does my high HDL compensate for the high LDL? This ratio runs in my family. I eat healthy - I have been tracking what I am eating. The worst thing I can think of is a steak once a week maybe. I eat fruit and vegtables for lunch and toast with peanut butter in the morning. Dinners typically consist of a meat, vegtables, and fruit. No fast food. I exercise a few times a week (swimming or biking). I am not sure what to cut out - or add.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
9/22/09 5:36pm

Unfortunately no, it does not cancel out the elevated LDL.  There are good and bad LDL particles and also good and bad HDL particles.  The only way to know which you have is with a comprehensive lipid panel.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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