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I had a blood test, but it was without fasting because I was seen for a follow-up on another problem, and wasn't anticipating the test. I really know very little about this, but here are the numbers:

total cholesteral 225, hdl 53, ldl 140.

They say this is a problem. Is this valid? I heard once that cholesteral readings can be mis-interpreted, and over treated.

So, does anyone know anything about this?


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according to this site here at your good cholesterol (hdl) is OK, but your bad cholesterol (ldl) puts you in the borderline high risk category. you also should figure out what your triglycerides are as well as your cardiac risk factors.

this page has more links to information on cholesterol and how to raise the good and lower the bad.

don't forget, heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the us! not saying you should panic, but it's a good idea to do what you can now through diet and exercise to prevent problems later on.

I just read the book "The Cholesterol Myth" and it said that cholesterol testing with fasting is very inaccurate because everyone's cholesterol rises after a meal and then goes back down.

It also said that high cholesterol has NEVER been proven to be linked to heart disease in women, only in men.
My mother has always tested very high even though she has always been very diet concious. I asked my doctor if I should have mine tested in light of my mother's levels. She said if there is no history of heart disease in my family (and there isn't) not to worry about it.
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