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What does "Hdl 68,LDL 107 and triglycerides 216 indicate?

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Hello, I had a life screening yesterday and this were the Cholesterol was 218. Hdl was 68....LDL was107. ...triglycerides 216. Is this bad ? Thanks
Posted Mon, 3 Mar 2014 in Cholesterol
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 59 minutes later
Brief Answer: the triglycerides are high Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic (1)LDL is the 'bad' cholesterol. This is the cholesterol associated with the risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. The goal for cholesterol varies slightly according to the risk of heart disease for example risk increases with age, smoking, high blood pressure, family of heart disease and diabetes. Your age, at 62, is one risk factor. It is a risk factor for women over 55 yrs old. Since you have only 1 risk factor, then your LDL value should be less than 160. (if there was a history of 2 or more, it would have to be less, for example if your family has a history of heart disease, it would need to be less than 130) (2) Your HDL (good cholesterol) is good.For a woman this should be greater than 50. Your value at 68 is very good (3) Your triglycerides should be less than 150, so your value is a little high at 216. Carbohydrates actually affect triglyceride level so reducing your carbohydrate intake will help ( rice/pasta/bread/other flour products/potatoes). Summary: LDL and HDL good and triglycerides a little high I hope this helps,feel free to ask any other questions
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