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How serious are my cholesterol levels??

These are my results from last years blood test: Triglycerides 94,Cholesterol total 162, HDL Chol. 54, LDL Chol. 89, and Chol/Hdlc Ratio 3.0. However, this year they are: Triglycerides 252, Cholesterol total 243, HDL Chol.79, LDL Chol. 114, Chol/Hdlc Ratio 3.1 I don t know a THING about cholesterol and don t really know how serious these numbers are. This past year has been my first year in college so as you can imagine my diet is horrible. Also, I have been taking birth control it possible that the pills could raise my cholesterol that much or is it most likely my diet that caused that? Let me know any info because I am clueless and don t know how worried I should be!
Asked On : Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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The question is when was the blood drawn for your second test. See, what doctors don't tell you but you should know is that you are supposed to have the blood drawn for a cholesterol test no earlier than 8 hours after eating. That means that if you had breakfast at 8 and had blood drawn at 10, your test will give you high numbers. If, however, you were fasting this time before you had your blood drawn, the results are VERY high. Cut back on french fries. Cut back on sodas. Cut back on bacon for breakfast. Go on an oatmeal diet for a few weeks (oatmeal for breakfast and dinner), and go for a walk after classes. Then get your cholestserol checked again, this time after having eaten nothing for 8 hours before getting the blood drawn. Your cholesterol should be between 120 and 160, and the lower the better. Hope this helps.
Answered: Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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