Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What do Cholesterol Numbers Mean?

In the past two weeks, I have had several doctors’ appointments. Just routine visits really, checking in with my primary care doctor, neurologist, and rheumatologist, getting new prescriptions, etc. Part of this process includes routine bloodwork. My neurology nurse practitioner was the first one to call me with the results of that bloodwork. Everything looked pretty good except that my vitamin D level remains low (argh) and my cholesterol levels are high.

My blood results were:

  • Total Cholesterol: 205 mg/dL
  • HDL (good) Cholesterol: 44 mg/dL
  • LDL (bad) Cholesterol: 143 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides: 89 mg/dL

In 2006, the respective numbers were 214, 45, 147, and 112. So everything is just a bit lower, but my neurologist would like to see those numbers lower still (except for the "good" cholesterol).

So today, I thought we’d talk about cholesterol. What is it? How is it measured? Is all cholesterol bad? Why is too much cholesterol bad? What can you do to lower your cholesterol?

Read this post in its entirety:

Cholesterol and Obesity: What Do the Numbers Mean?

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