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Understanding cholesterol readings and What They Mean

A: For many people the first time they have a test to get a cholesterol reading they may find themselves confused as to what the number mean. There are several things we need to understand in order to learn from one of these tests. Probably the most important part to understand is how the reading is gotten and the differences between the two cholesterol types. The two types of cholesterol we are worried about are LDL (low density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol and HDL (high density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol. The reason for this is simple; LDL cholesterol is a significant cause of plaque formation in the arteries. This can lead to blood...


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What Do Doctors Learn From cholesterol readings?

A: cholesterol is fat and it can be hazardous to our health, espeically when it clogs arteries, thus reducing blood flow. One type of cholesterol moves fat out of our system and to the liver where it is broken down. Thus, a total cholesterol reading is not as helpful as knowing the ratio of the so-called good to bad cholesterol Blood tests are key to determining the levels of good and bad cholesterol in the body. Multiple tests are done to determine the effectiveness of treatment(s), including diet, exercise and medication. A lipid panel...cholesterol readings... indicates the risk for heart disease or diabetes. There...


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What Do Doctors Learn From cholesterol readings?

A: cholesterol is fat and it can be hazardous to our health, espeically when it clogs arteries, thus reducing blood flow. One type of cholesterol moves fat out of our system and to the liver where it is broken down. Thus, a total cholesterol reading is not as helpful as knowing the ratio of the so-called good to bad cholesterol Blood tests are key to determining the levels of good and bad cholesterol in the body. Multiple tests are done to determine the effectiveness of treatment(s), including diet, exercise and medication....


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cholesterol readings?

A: I don''t think its very dangerous but it is high. Normally they like it to be under 5.0 yes Mine is 4.1 and I am on cholesterol Tablets. Danderous 6.3 ? I think its a bit high. A bit high, I have a reading 3.2 don''t ask me how I''m not health conscious. That''s high cholesterol. It should be below 5.0 It''s high but I don''t think it''s dangerous - just consider it a warning and watch what you eat. Ya should spk to your dr if you don''t understand blood test results - I know sometimes ya feel really thick askin but they aren''t doing their job properly if they don''t explain things right - no shame in spkin to another about it instead! Good luck! xx You define the Units it is high , but it depends whether the result was from a fasting or...


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cholesterol reading

A: There are two readings, but the one you are given is the more important - I''m not very bright this morning but one is a reading and the other is a ratio. Anything under 5.0 is good - 5 is the target we shouldn''t be over. I was 7.4 when first diagnosed - I''ve been on statins for a year, now 4.7 (and have tried to change diet but I can only really thank the medication). Aim to be below 5. kia.....that figure is your TOTAL cholesterol.You total cholesterol is made up of High Density cholesterol (HDL.....good cholesterol) and Low Density cholesterol (LDL...bad cholesterol)Your GP will give you the figures of HDL/LDL....


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What does 6.5 in a cholesterol reading mean?

A: 6.5 in a cholesterol reading is considered to be a high cholesterol reading. It should not be above 5. Reduce or cut out animal fats (all dairy foods, red meats, take aways, ready meals etc) out of your diet completely....
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What''s a good cholesterol reading?

A: Total cholesterol below 200 mb/dl is now considered "desireable" but there is more to it than that. Doctors like to see HDL (good) cholesterol above 40 for men and above 50 for women. Some people with low total cholesterol will have low HDL cholesterol; some doctors think this is ok so long as the ratio between LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol isn''t too high. The way one doctor explained it is: LDL cholesterol is the garbage and HDL cholesterol is the garbage trucks. The less garbage you have the fewer garbage trucks you need. On the flip side some people with high total

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My Dr. said my cholesterol reading is 500.He told me to just follow a low fat diet and come back for another test in the spring. I am wondering what else I can do to get it lowered since I have a high family risk of heart attacks? The Dr. just says we are all dying every day and not to worry about it. I am concerned though.

A: I would get another opinion. He didn't prescribe a cholesterol lowering drug? no--he just said to follow a low fat diet and come back in april for another lab test. Yet six months ago he said my cholesterol level was 300. Now it is 500 and I am scared since I am 53 and have family hystory of early deaths from heart failure Oh boy...as much as I'd like to say that this doc is a little lacking in the bedside manner department, he is actually very right. You need to look into some advise regarding how you can get your cholesterol down via diet. I am so anti-cholesterol drugs after doing a lot of research into alternatives to pharmaceuticals. It's all about knowing who to listen...
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What is a healthy cholesterol reading?

A: cholesterol is naturally produced by the body and serves many important roles. Dietary cholesterol, when consumed in excess amounts, can lead to a number of problems. Fortunately, you can do several things to achieve optimal cholesterol levels.Dangers of High cholesterolHigh cholesterol can cause heart disease, heart attack and stroke. You want your LDL (bad cholesterol) to be under 100 mg of cholesterol per deciliter of blood. You want your HDL (good cholesterol) to be at least 40 mg/dl for a man and 50 mg/dl for a woman....


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What is a cholesterol reading?

A: A substance called cholesterol exists in the body''s bloodstream where it produces cell membranes and some hormones and helps regulate bodily functions. The body requires some cholesterol, but excess levels can lead to coronary heart disease and stroke.Complete fasting lipoprotein profileWhen a doctor orders cholesterol testing, the results come in the form of a complete fasting lipoprotein profile. The profile includes the levels of total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides....


 
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