cholesterol too high? LDL: 143?

Total cholesterol – 248
Triglyceride – 21
HDL – 101
LDL – 143
Cholesterol to HDL Ratio – 2.5

I exercise 5 times a week, 26 years old, female, 5 feet, 105lbs..i eat veggies and lots of protein and hardly any starch/bread…

is my cholesterol too high?

3 comments

  • gangadharan nair

    Total cholesterol (Normal < 200 mg/dL) and LDL (Normal <100 mg/dL)are a bit high. HDL (Normal >60 mg/dL) and triglyceride (Normal <150 mg/dL) are fine.
    Continue to control blood cholesterol level by diet and exercise. Eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, which includes cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fish, vegetables, poultry, and egg whites. Use monounsaturated oils such as olive, peanut, and canola oils or polyunsaturated oils such as corn, safflower, soy, sunflower, cottonseed, and soybean oils. Avoid foods with excess fat in them such as meat (especially liver and fatty meat), egg yolks, whole milk, cream, butter, shortening, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, olives, potato chips, coconut, cheese (other than cottage cheese), coconut oil, palm oil, and fried foods.

  • While we get 25% of our cholesterol from outside sources, this doesn’t mean that we have to avoid foods that contain cholesterol. The cholesterol that builds up in the arteries does so for a healthy reason.

    Cholesterol is in the blood. Blood is the transportation system for all of the nutrients, including cholesterol. Yet the veins and capillaries never experience cholesterol deposits. If the assumption of "bad" cholesterol were true, these vessels would become clogged long before the arteries because they’re smaller and the blood flows slower.

    But it’s the arteries where the cholesterol accumulates. This is because the arteries become damaged from acidic blood being pumped through at a tremendous pressure. (Dehydration turns the blood acidic.) This damage triggers the production of cholesterol to cover and protect it like a waterproof bandage until it can heal.

    The problem comes in when the medical community doesn’t recognize dehydration as the cause of health problems. As incredible as it sounds, they have little knowledge of the role of water in the body. You’d think that this would be one of the fundamentals that they learned in school. But the medical education focuses on the solid matter (solutes) in the body and only very lightly touches on the solvents (water). This is evidenced when the first thing they do for a health problem is to prescribe medication when many times the problem is one of dehydration and could be corrected with water instead.

    Because doctors don’t recognize dehydration, the problem goes untreated, allowing it to worsen.

    You can lower your arterial cholesterol by increasing your water and salt intake to correct your dehydration. Click the link below for more detailed instructions.

  • Usually Total cholesterol above 200 is considered high. What is good is that your HDLs are high. IT is the LDLs that are more dangerous. Your ratio of 2.5 is not bad either.

    The veggies are good, but lots of protein may not be. Cholesterol is contained in animal products and meats. Here is a list of high cholesterol foods to avoid:
    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-highest-in-cholesterol.php

    Also, consider eating more of these cholesterol lowering foods:
    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-which-lower-cholesterol.php

    It probably won’t hurt to get your LDL down. I have gotten mine down to 70 before, when I was vegan…

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