I'm 27 and got my lab numbers back today. I have no other markers for cardiac disease besides cholesterol. Fasting glucose of 86. Here are the numbers
Total Chol 225
HDL Chol 41
Chol/HDLC Ratio 5.5
Non-HDL Chol 184
LDL Particle Number 1847
LDL Small 310
LDL Medium 452
HDL Large 6310
Apolipoprotein B 111
Lipoprotein (A) <10
LDL Pattern A
LDL PEak Size 218.8
Can anyone help me make sense, doc is talking about stains at 27.
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what foods do you eat? Quantity?
The good news is "LDL pattern A". Not associated with increased risk of heart disease.
Seriously - did you ask your doctor to explain and she refused?
You can "google search" each of these test results to know what they mean
You can also search "reduce LDL without statins" for numerous approaches - the most common "tip" is get enough sleep.
The paleo approach works for me. My own experience is also that intense activity is best for reducing LDL - heavy weights, sprints, steep hills.
I'm not convinced that 'controlling' / modifying cholesterol is the correct approach for prevention of CVD. Perhaps high cholesterol is not the cause of CVD but merely a marker for other conditions are the true cause of CVD?
Additionally, I'm not convinced that statins are a good thing.
I refused them and instead cleaned up my diet, dropped 30 lbs & 3 to 4" off my waist. That the 'medical community' has guidelines that would place ~20%+ of US adults on statins makes me wonder.
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You can probably increase the low HDL with some exercise, which will lower the ratio, and will greatly reduce CVD risk. The LDL is high-ish, and could be why your Dr. wants you on statins, which will drop it 40 points. Do you have a family history or are you overweight?