LDL is known as "the bad" cholesterol. The lower this number is better. HDL is known as the "good" cholesterol. The higher this number the better. LDL brings cholesterol to the cells that needs it. HDL brings excess cholesterol from the cell back to the liver.
The "total" cholesterol is not as accurate of an indication of risk for heart disease as the ratio of the the LDL and HDL value. Cholesterol is a necessary component of our cells. It is not cholesterol that causes heart disease. It is inflammation of our blood vessel that causes LDL cholesterol to accumulate into plaque on our vessel walls which increases our risk for hearth disease.
Did you know that your body produces cholesterol, because it needs it for sex hormones and other bodily functions. Your body produces about 80% of it, and the rest of it comes from food. Foods that come from animals is what increases it. I am not promoting a vegetarian lifestyle. Or a vegan one either. But, you can lower your cholesterol by eating less animal products, and eating more herbs that lower it. I lowered mine by drinking my herbal blend Cholest Off. I have given many classes on this subject, and have shown people how to create food like egg salad, that is totally cholesterol free...and tasty too. You can lower your cholesterol with herbs and natural remedies. Yes, there is a genetic component. Does anyone realize that the medication for high cholesterol is as much to blame for heart attacks as the high cholesterol itself. It put's the liver out of balance. Number can be out of balance too. My LDL (bad) is always higher than my HDL (good), but my over all total is only about 150.
Yep, I know what they mean, and I'll get my latest results in a day or two. Last time they were checked, my triglycerides and my LDL (bad) cholesterol had dropped, while my HDL (good) had risen. The improvement was due to diet and exercise.
I quit taking my statin drug, so I'm anxious to see the effect.
There certainly is a big genetic component to high cholesterol. Thank goodness there are medications in addition to diet changes. You can help raise your HDL through exercise, but I don't think it reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL).
That is good to know, so if someone is working hard to reduce their cholesterol they will have a way to keep track. I know the cholesterol doesn't go up and down quickly like blood sugars, but then again you wouldn't be checking it daily. Thanks for the information.
I didn't know you could do a cholesterol test at home. Mine is a little high even though I eat superhealthy. So, I'm trying to increase my exercise to see if I can lower it on my own without medication. I'd really hate having to take medication this early in life. I must wait until I hit at least 40! I refuse! I refuse! Same as my gray hairs... I refuse to dye my hair, so I pluck and I pluck some more. One day I'll be completely bald!
Hello Pam. I actually haven't checked my cholesterol, not even once. But now that I am getting close to 50 I feel the need to. Thanks for starting this forum, you just opened my mind. I should've been more caring of my health to know if there's a problem. This forum is such a help. Thank you Pam.
I had to stick to some pretty strict standards to lower my cholesterol. These are still being the most important things I do to keep it lower. And I am always listening to new suggestions in the media to keep it down. These methods I use to lower my cholesterol are: 1) Read all the labels on food.Avoid things with fat calories that are close to the actual calorie amount of food. Know to add the serving sizes up. If something says 2 servings on the label, and I am tempted to eat the entire food, that doubles the fat content.2)Avoid Butter, Margerine,Crisco oil, and Vegetable oil and Gravies/Sauces. Use olive oil sparingly, use grape seed oil, sunflower, or safflower oil instead if stirfrying.3) Eat fiber cereal Every morning.4)Eat plenty of raw vegetables and raw fruits.5) Drink plenty of water.6) Avoid All Fast Food Restaurants. 7)Enjoy exercise and Enjoy movement!
I'd never had a cholesterol until 5 years ago when my doctor wanted me to have one, he said it was the best he had ever seen. I got the same last August too. So I have never really bothered about the numbers and what they stand for.
Instead of looking at total cholesterol, we should be looking at amount of HDL as a percentage of total cholesterol (higher is better). And looking at the amount of triglycerides (lower is better). And looking at the particle size of LDL (buoyant and fluffy is better).
Chris Kresser has a video on YouTube (http://youtu.be/xoMNxfvRw00) on how to interpret cholesterol test results. He has high cholesterol and he doesn't care. Because he is more interested in the other numbers.
I have G6PD, so the legumes had to go from my diet. The problem was that most of my fiber came from beans, peas, and all the other tasty legumes!
My cholesterol went off the charts, so I looked into it. Fiber is the sugar that does not get into the bloodstream to feed the cells. It works in the gut, where it grabs up the bad cholesterol and takes it with it when it goes.
I hate oatmeal, which makes us chew on too much stuff that is NOT oatmeal! Yuck.
My solution is to look for the max fiber in other foods, the most powerful fish oil, the leanest meats and trying to reduce stress. Grits, I found, is a great substitute.
Teenagers should get theirs checked too. When my son was in high school he was fit and generally ate very healthy. He got in a habit, though, of bringing his pal home every afternoon; and they'd polish off cheddar cheese. They figured it wasn't "junk food", so they thought cheese was a better choice. (Kids) He got his cholesterol up, and when he stopped eating the cheese it went right back down.