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High blood pressure, gained weight due to anti depression medication, tiredness. What is causing problem to my periods cycle?

Hello. I am a 32 yr old female. There is a family history of high blood pressure from both parents. I am 5 7 meduim frame and weight around 140. I have recently gained weight due to an anti- depression medication. I have been having problems with my period and tiredness so my dr did some blood work and a urinalysis . Everything came back normal, my white blood cell count is 1 point above normal, which I m guessing is due to my acne . In the lipid panel every thing came back normal except my LDL was 119 and I have heard it should be 100 or less. My blood pressure is normally 100-120/58-78. Should the slightly elevated LDL be of any real concern to me? I have recently started working out 2-4 days a week depending on how I feel. I do 20-30 minutes of cardio twice a week and then 1-2 days a week I do the beginner workout on my Total Home Gym. I don t eat high fat foods on a regular basis, nor do I have a love of salt. I do love eggs but maybe only eat 12 a month. I eat out 3-2 times a week and that is being generous. When I do eat fast food I carefully monitor what I eat the rest of the day and when I go to a sit down restaurant I pick the lighter choice items on the menu. My only weakness is chocolate and chocolate candies.
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

The LDL goal varies according to the number of individual risk factors. A goal of less than 100 is usually for persons who have diabetes, history of heart disease, history of aortic aneurysm (enlargement of the large blood vessel - the aorta), history of atherosclerosis (cholesterol plaques).
The risk factors for persons who do not have these conditions are that are :age (a female greater than 55),
(4)family history of early heart disease ( a male family member with heart disease before age 55 and a female before age 65) ,
(5)a low HDL.

If you have 2 or more of these your goal is less than 130 , if you have 0 to 1 of these then your LDL should be at least 160.

I hope this helps
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Woogr,
Thanks for writing your query.

Your LDL level is not alarmingly raised and it can be controlled by proper diet and exercise.

You can take supplements containing antioxidants which help in lowering the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

Following foods help in controlling the cholesterol levels :-
1. Avocado
2. Green tea
3. Pears
4. Nuts
5. Tomatoes
6. Lentils

Food prepared in Olive Oil is very beneficial in controlling the cholesterol levels.

You can furthur reduce your frequency of eating out in resturants.
After following diet control and exercise for 3 months, repeat your Lipid profile.

I hope this is helpful to you.
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