Total Cholesterol is 213 my Triglycerides are 152 my HDL is 83 my LDL is 100 and AST 22

by Rebecca Hickman
(Northboro,MA USA)

Should I be concerned. My Total Cholesterol is 213my Triglycerides are 152,my HDL is 83,my LDL is 100,and AST 22.

I am on a cholesterol reducing medication simvastin and am concerned for my triglycerides have never been high even when my LDL's were high.


Hello dear Rebecca

As we see from your cholesterol numbers, your cholesterol is borderline. This means that its levels are high, but not quite high as to be classified in the high range yet.
Borderline cholesterol includes cholesterol numbers from 200-239.
Your Triglycerides are insignificantly high: Its normal ranges are lower than 150mg/dl.

Your HDL and LDL levels are quite normal: LDL normal level is under 100mg/dl and HLD normal level is above 40mg/dl.

To judge your AST number we need to know whether you are a female or male, because its normal range differs depending on the gender.

Specifically, AST normal level is between 10-36 u/L in females, and 10-22 u/L in males.
Anyway, an AST level of 22 is not significant.

In addition to your cholesterol drug treatment therapy, we suggest you take into consideration even some lifestyle changes in order to bring your increased cholesterol levels down to the normal range.

I. Dietary changes

1. Careful with your diet- Eat healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated fats(found in red meat and dairy products), which increase
your cholesterol level. Monounsaturated fats can be found in olive and canola oil. Almonds, avocados and walnuts are also a source of healthy fats.

2. Eliminate the intake of trans fats- commonly found in snacks, crackers, commercially baked cookies etc. They worsen your lipid profile because they increase LDL levels and decrease HLD levels.

3. Limit your daily intake of cholesterol- careful when eating cholesterol-rich foods such as egg yolk, red meat, milk etc.

4. Eat whole grain products- whole grains contain various products that promote heart health. Consume whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat flour, brown rice etc.

5. Eat fiber-rich foods- Eat all kind of vegetables and fruits. They contain fiber which helps in lowering cholesterol levels.

6. Consume cholesterol-lowering supplements such as omega-3 fatty acid, artichoke extract, barely, blond psyllium, flaxseed, green tea extract, oat bran etc.

II. Losing weight

If overweight, losing your extra pounds is very useful.Losing 5-10 pounds can really help in lowering your total cholesterol level.

III. Exercise

Exercise 30-60 minute every day. You can try different exercises, like playing your favorite sport, swimming, riding a bicycle, running, walking etc.

IV. Do not smoke

If a smoker, quitting smoking is necessary. Smoking increases the possibility of heart diseases by damaging blood vessels.

It also increases your LDL cholesterol and decreases your HLD cholesterol. Quitting it will be best for your health.

Dr Albana

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