Blood cholesterol testing

Common Questions and Answers about Blood cholesterol testing


Avatar n tn In fasting for a Cholesterol test, what happens when blood sugar gets too low? Will 2 or 3 glucotablets ruin the test? My doctor insists on at least 3 hours fast before the blood test, if my glucose level is too low to drive safely it's a waste anyway. Does anyone have the answer? (I won't do an overnight fast, had problems at the lab last time with low blood sugar - my husband was driving - thank goodness).
Avatar f tn Body cells need this cholesterol for their metabolism so it has to be transferred from the liver to the body cells. However, cholesterol particles can not mix with the blood. They are like drops of oil in a glass of water. To get mixed in the blood, they have to be coated by a layer of protein complex named lipoprotein. As you said, there are two types of lipoprotein: the low density lipoprotein (LDL) and the high density lipoprotein (HDL).
1174225 tn?1269632321 Some doctors believe that small LDL cholesterol particles in the blood may pose a greater risk for developing atherosclerosis and heart attacks than the absolute level of LDL cholesterol in the blood. The size of LDL cholesterol particles is primarily inherited. A special blood test called polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis can measure particle size and determine whether a person has blood cholesterol LDL pattern A or LDL pattern B.
Avatar n tn I am 24 yr old male i weigh about 190 pounds. For about 4 years my cholesterol has been high my total around 250(fast food diet). It seems to stay at that level. Recently 2 1/2 months ago stress test done and everything came back fine. I do not normaly do any type of exercise. I also had my cholesterol taken before the stress test and my results where TC=225 HDL 32 LDL (do not know) TRI=424.
Avatar m tn is nine weeks definitive? Is my low cholesterol a factor in my testing window?
Avatar f tn Have you had antibody testing, c-peptide and insulin levels testing? This would be interesting to know, as possibly you are type 1 not type 2. For insulin, bottom line is, you need to normalize blood sugars. When this cannot be done with oral meds and diet (seriously look into strict low carb eating if you are not already) and exercise (exercise decreases insulin resistance), and keeping weight on target, then it is time to add insulin.
Avatar f tn They're doing basic BMI, haemoglobin, blood glucose, blood cholesterol etc tests. They're using handheld machines which give instant results. I've (being very stupid, now I feel so) thought of checking my cholesterol. The lady at the counter pierced my finger with a prick ( used a new needle) and collected my blood into a small tube (a few ml) and poured it into the test machine. She has inserted a new test strip before taking blood.
Avatar f tn So I've been taking all of my meds (blood pressure, heart and cholesterol) after breakfast. My doctors (Kaiser Permanente) don't monitor me so unless I ask for testing, I'm just on my own.
Avatar f tn I am a 60 yr old grandmother in very good health. I am a vegan vegetarian and do not eat any dairy, or meat (nothing with a face or mom). I have never smoked, drank alcohol or coffee. I have elliminated sodas, caffiene, refined flour and refined sugars from my diet. I try to keep fat intake to under 20% . I measure and weigh everything. I am on a exercise program to be able to run 10K races. I run and walk 3-7 miles per day 4 days a week and strength training on two days.
Avatar n tn Arthur Agatston, the author of "The South Beach Diet" is also a renown cardiologist. He also has written a book which I recommend titled "The South Beach Heart Program." In it he writes about "aggressive prevention" of heart disease. He advocates aggresive management of cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. That means statin drugs. He also says that people with known heart risks that follow his program can have a normal life expectancy.
Avatar n tn Also keep in mind that 80 percent of the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your liver. The fat that you eat is only culprit of the 20% of your cholesterol. And do not forget that your body NEEDS cholesterol ... if you try to starve it, our liver may increase the production... Jesus.
Avatar n tn Dear Lee, Your question raises several important points concerning cholesterol. A high cholesterol level was identified as a major risk factor in the development of heart disease in the 1970s. Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties.
Avatar n tn I am 24 year old male I weight about 190 with high cholesterol. I was on meds a few years ago Lopid but i was not following a diet and it did not seem to work. 2 months ago i had a cholesterol check and these are my results. TC=225 TRI=424 HDL=32 and i do not know the LDL because my Tri's were high. My cardio told me I need to cut out fast food and exerise more and change my diet I also take omega 3 now.
Avatar m tn I think most people are able to at least walk at couple of miles, and it really helps lowering the blood pressure and increasing good cholesterol. In addition, I question the new guidelines arguing that blood pressure should be lower than 140/90 at all times. I know it's not good for the body to sustain high stress levels at all times, but at some point, we all end up stressing. In Norway, doctors will give you a year to change your lifestyle before initiating medical therapy.
125112 tn?1217277462 The test for serum cholesterol tests the cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, not in the cells. The "recommended" values is under 200. When the levels are low, under 50, it is considered to be just as bad as too much. Cholesterol is used by the body in all body cells, including brain tissue, to replace, or repair cell walls. If you don't have enough, you can't repair or replace cells rapidly and that isn't good.
Avatar n tn Excuse me, but if you are already having cardiac symptoms, isn't it a little late in the game to start testing? Testing at that time would be good for differential diagnosis - that is, to determine if the symptoms are actually cardiac-related. But the cow is already out of the barn! Wouldn't be better to know, say, a decade before a big problem developed that a problem was developing?
Avatar n tn With in the last year and a half i have been diagnosed with lyme diease after a positive testing. I had taken diocy a few times....and late last year i was still feeling exhausted and i would get really fatigued after running only like 7 miles. I would actually start shaking. I just brushed it off to low blood sugar. So I took the glocuse tolerance test...and passed it....i was convinced it was still lyme. so I went to a clinic that pumped me full of recephin for 2 weeks...
Avatar f tn A lipid profile, which includes values for total cholesterol, as well as individual values for LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, another lipid in the blood, requires you to fast. LDL levels cannot be measured from the blood directly. Instead, a mathematical equation called the Friedewald equation, is used to calculate LDL levels using values for total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Avatar n tn As for the cholesterol, when you are HIV positive and have lived with it as long as I have and have had as many blood tests as I have then maybe you will then be qualified to tell me about cholesterol levels in people with HIV.
225237 tn?1333142599 Im 32 female 210 pounds 4' 11'. I do take lisinaporil 5 mg for high blood pressure and 500 mg 1X Metformin ER. My sugars are usually always within mormal limits, I think my last a1c was 5.2, cant recall at the moment but she said my sugar levels were wonderful. However, she did other testing when she did the a1c. Cholosterol screenings, results were my total cholesterol was 227; triglyerides 163; hdl 38; vldl 33 and ldl 161.
5461254 tn?1368380416 I have never, to my knowledge, had any cholesterol testing done, so I wonder if I should be freaking out at the results of this. From what I have read high triglycerides and low hdl ups your risk factors for heart attack.
Avatar f tn If you have quite low total cholesterol but most are LDL, then this is not good. If you have a high cholesterol count but most is HDL or a very high proportion of it, then how can there be a problem. You virtually have 1 HDL lipid for each LDL so I think that's a fantastic balance. Most people have 2-3 LDL per HDL. Your arteries have lots of brooms floating around, cleaning up the LDL.
Avatar n tn How high and for how long do cholesterol levels have to be elevated to do any artery damage? My husband is a 39 year old white male. His total cholesterol level for the past 12 years or so has been 240 or greater. His last cholesterol level test was in January of 2000 and fasting total was 307, HDL was 50, LDL was almost 200 and triglycerides were 291. There have been times when his cholesterol could not be calculated because of triglyceride levels being in excess of 400.
Avatar m tn Also, foods high in solubls fiber, as well as insoluble fiber redude blood cholesterol levels by binding with cholesterol in digestion and ushering it out of the body. Oatmeal or high fiber cereals every morning for a few months will have a profound effect.
Avatar n tn Unfortunately doctors LOVE to blame the high cholesterol only on "you must be doing something wrong, you must be eating the wrong food". I eat very healthy because I have a tendency to gain weight real fast, I exercise every day. My cholesterol never went over 200. I was put on BP meds, my cholesterol shut over 300 in only two months. NO diet changes, NO life style changes. Of course the docs wont take your word for it.
Avatar n tn Malcolm Kendrick's new book "The Great Cholesterol Con" is out debunking the myths about cholesterol and heart disease. This book is easy to read, quite accessible, and does a great slash-and-burn of the diet/cholesterol/heart disease hypothesis. There's not much here to disagree with. Kendrick has easily laid to waste the ideas that fat and especially saturated fat have anything to do with heart disease.
Avatar n tn I just got my cholesterol results back- my overall cholesterol is 155- but my good cholesterol was only 32. Does anyone have advice on how to raise it? I take fish oil and exercise when my fibromyalgia isn't acting up. I only eat lean meats, I'm lactose intolerant so I don't eat cheese, ice cream or candy bars, I've cut out potato chips. I've heard drinking a glass of wine a day can help but alcoholism runs in my family so I'm not comfortable with that. Is there anything else?
283921 tn?1218529106 I used to check my cholesterol at home, and I say its for the birds. I followed the instructions carefully, did exactly what they asked me to do yet everytime when I had the cholesterol test at the Lab it always was higher than at home. I don't want to spend money on something that will give me a "general idea" what my cholesterol is. No more home testing, I wait and see what the Lab comes up with.
Avatar f tn Need to check my cholesterol again, but I would bet my cholesterol is down to normal now. My fasting blood sugar has been 110 for years and my doctor never told me it was a problem. Last year it was 134, and then my doctor finally did an A1c test in 2012. I am not on any medications yet. Any thoughts on this. I appreciate your help.