Is my cholesterol high?

24 years old
Total Cholesterol of 329
LDL of 230
HDL of 25
Triglyceride level of 370


  • gangadharan nair

    Total cholesterol -High risk.
    LDL- Very high LDL level, corresponding to highest increased rates of symptomatic cardiovascular disease events.
    HDL- Low HDL cholesterol, heightened risk for heart disease.
    Triglyceride- Some risk.
    Risk for cardiac disease is assessed by dividing the total cholesterol level by the HDL level. Target values are < 5 for men and < 4.4 for women.
    Your risk: 329/25 = 13.2
    Adopt DASH diet (Mediterranean diet). 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.
    Control your high blood cholesterol by diet, exercise and statin drugs.

  • Bonja

    weight? yep its high

  • Ketra

    Total cholesterol ideally should be below 200. I cannot recall the normal values for the others. Try diet modification, vigorous exercise, and weight loss first to see how it impacts your cholesterol. If you don’t get your lipid levels under control, you’re at risk for developing cardiac issues later.

  • Jean Deux

    Yes it is relatively high for someone your age, but to really understand what your risk of heart disease really is you need what is called the HPP Test.

    This stands for Lipoprotein Particle Profile. This test will analyze the size of your LDL particles and whether they are highly inflammatory or not. It gives a much more precise indication of your risk, because it is the small highly inflammatory LDL particles that actually contribute to coronary artery disease.

    If you have these small dense particles your risk will be high, if the LDL particles are large and fluffy, then your risk is much lower and the total cholesterol level although high is not as much of a concern.

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