Cholesterol LevelsAs part of your regular checkup, it is likely that the doctor will order bloodwork that among other things will measure your levels of total cholesterol and also High Density Lipoproteins (HDL). Should the numbers show outside of the normal range, the doctor may ask for a fasting cholesterol test. For this, you won't eat or drink other than water for twelve hours prior to the test. This test will show your Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and triglyceride levels, in addition to the total cholesterol and HDL.
The National Cholesterol Education Program has presented goal cholesterol levels, which are as follows:
Total Cholesterol Level (mg/dl)
LDL Cholesterol (mg/dl)
HDL Cholesterol (mg/dl)
Serum Triglycerides (mg/dl)
Some laboratories will calculate the cholesterol ratio (total/HDL), but it is far more important to get the individual numbers for the total cholesterol, hdl and ldl. NOtice that lower numbers are desirable for everything except HDL. The high density lipoproteins are known as good cholesterol. If your HDL levels are lower than 40 mg/dl, you can increase them by
Your cholesterol levels, along with your other risk factors will determine the course of action that your physician will recommend. Some of these risk factors are
Another alternative treatment method is medication. There are many to choose from, both precription and non-prescription, be sure to check with your physician before trying any of these.
Lower-Your-Cholesterol.net is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.
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