Are my Cholesterol levels too high

Asked on March 09, 2015
Created February 03, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Just got test results from the lab

Cholesterol- 6.10

HDL- 2.79

LDL- 2.96

Cholesterol/HDL Ratio- 2.2

Triglycerides- 0.78

Dr wants to prescribe statins but I refused, very confused and need some answers, thank you


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on February 03, 2015
at 06:37 PM

If your Dr can't see that the reason your cholesterol is so high is because of your good cholesterol, then he/she is an idiot. Your HDL (good cholesterol) is through the roof and your LDL (bad cholesterol) is nice and low. Your triglycerides are also low. Your risk is very low. Bring these points up if your Doctor insists. You're in very good health. It looks as if the Dr is only looking at the total cholesterol, which is an extremely stupid way to interpret those numbers.



on February 10, 2015
at 07:18 PM

In Canada (different from the US numbers from what I understand) the Normal LDL zone is 1.50-3.39 mmol/l, and the healthy Chol/HDL ratio is <4.9.  There is also no upper limit for HDL levels.  Also, health triglycerdies should be between 0.45-2.29 mmol/L.  Total cholestrol means nothing from a scientific perspective in relation to heart disease risk.  

However, If you Dr is concerned about your risk of heart diseae I would suggest asking him to send you for a test to measure your LDL partical # which is scientifically shown to be the best predictor of heart diseas.  This is usually done by a blood test called Apo B-100.  The following articels will provide you with extensive information on blood lipids and how they related to heart disease risk, as well as dietary factors to prevent/reduce risk of heart disease. 

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2014/12/04/ultimate-guide-cholesterol-heart-disease-cholesterol/ (would suggest reading the whole series for some background info/Knowledge)

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i (read this whole series also)

At the end of the day, it is your health and you should do what you think is best for you based on accurate infromation.

Hope this helps!!



on February 04, 2015
at 12:07 AM

Doctors are under HUGE pressure to prescribe statins and they tend to look at just the total or LDL when prescribing statins. 

Sometimes it's easier to let the doctor write the prescription--it doesn't mean you have to fill it or take the statins.  You are not going to be able to change the doctor's mind, and unless you are prepared to find another doctor, sometimes all you can do is humor him/her. 

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