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What does it mean if one has high cholesterol of 240 ?

What does it mean if one has high cholesterol(240) but the LDL is (126),HDL is (92)and triglycerides are(106)? The HDL of 92 is considered to be abnormally high but I have read that the higher your HDL s are, the more you are protected against heart disease. I am very confused - a total of 240 cholesterol is supposed to be bad but if the HDL s are higher than normal what do these numbers really mean? Would someone with these given levels need to consider medication ? If so wouldn t the medication lower the good cholesterol (HDL s) too?
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Depending on the equipment used, the normal range for this blood tests is a little different. I don't know where Rachel got her numbers but they are way off. I don't know if you are familiar with the Mayo Clinic but this is considered to be one of the top facilities in this country. Presidents, royalty, and rich people from other countries are treated there because of the excellence of care. Mayo Clinics normals for these tests are: cholesterol less than 200 triglycerides less than 150 hdl 40 or less ldl 100 or less] It is a very complex relationship between these test results. You want the hdl to be high....the higher the better. You want the ldl to be as low as possible. cholesterol and triglycerides also are the best when low. Your triglycerides are good. If your cholesterol is over 200 it is too high. However if it is only 10 or 15 points above 200 it may be acceptable but only if your hdl is over 100. Not to many people have an hdl that high however. So, your cholesterol is high enough to need treatment. Some people are successful at getting it down through diet alone. This would involve avoiding saturated fats and limiting all fatty foods. Whole grains can also help bring it down. Your cholesterol should be rechecked after you've tried the diet approach if you choose to try this. Ask your doctor for more info on the diet he/she recommends and how soon you would need to recheck the cholesterol level. There are excellent medications available if diet doesn't work or you don't want to try the diet route. An hdl of 92 is good but not enough to warrant not treating the cholesterol of 240. ldl is the bad cholesterol. At 126 plus the 240 cholesterol you need to take some kind of immediate action. Talk to your doctor please.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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