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What could be the cause for increased cholesterol levels?

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I usually follow a very healthy diet however over the holidays I ate meats, fatty foods, dairy etc and drank more wine than I normally do. Then on the 3rd of January I had a blood draw for an annual cholesterol check and it spiked to 215 (was 185 last year!) Could my holiday binging be the cause? Would a few weeks of holiday indulging cause my cholesterol to spike like that?
Posted Sun, 2 Feb 2014 in Cholesterol
Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney 50 minutes later
Brief Answer: Get Complete lipid profile Detailed Answer: Dear XXXXXXX Excessive alcohol consumption can cause dyslipidemia. However doing it on a single occasion won't cause this. Since you consume alcohol otherwise also this can cause dyslipidemia. I would suggest you to get a 12 hour fasting complete lipid profile instead of only total cholestrol levels , as I would like to see 1. Triglycerides 2. LDL 3. HDL I would recommend you to moderate your alcohol consumption, do daily exercises and to consume low fat diet. Drug therapy is required or not , I would be able to tell you after I have complete lipid profile. I hope I am able to answer your query, still if you have any query ask me.
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Follow-up: What could be the cause for increased cholesterol levels? 1 hour later
HI Dr. Varshney - here are additional results I got: Non-HDL Fasting Calc was 147 mg/dL Tri Fasting was 61 mg/dL Choles LDL Fasting Calc was 135 mg/dL HDL Ratio Fasting was 68 mg/dL Chol/HDL Ratio Fasting was 3.16 Cholesterol Fasting was 215 mg/dL Does this help? My previous Chol Fasting a year ago was actually 155mg/dL Is this something that will correct itself quickly if I resume healthy eating and exercise? How long might this correction take? Thanks.
Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney 1 hour later
Brief Answer: lifestyle modifications only required Detailed Answer: Dear XXXXXXX I have reviewed your reports. Your lipid profile is deranged but this derangement can be easily corrected by lifestyle modification. No drug therapy is required. Also get your blood sugars and blood pressure checked. Regular exercises , Low fat diet , avoiding potato , rice , alcohol , smoking, trans fast should help. I little efforts would make you really healthy. In fact I appreciate your awareness. You may follow these simple lifestyle modifications and get your lipid profile repeated after 6 months. I am sure I will be reviewing a normal report :-) Stay Healthy. If you don't have any further query , you may please close the discussion rate it.
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