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cholesterol level question

HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
edited 11:58AM in Off Topic
I gave blood and did not fast prior. They told me my cholesterol was 220. If I fasted would it me lower.


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,709
    i taken the test either way and i never noticed much of a difference. i think your going on meds
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    I'll just start exercising
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,709
    mines low, but it drops even lower on a strict atkins diet. i dont think exercise will be enough to get it to where a doctor will be happy. did they do a full test, high triglicerides is a sign of a thyroid problem. we had a vegetarian working here that biked to work 25 miles each way with the worst levels ive ever heard of, off the charts so its not always food and exercise.
  • BConkBConk Posts: 72
    It probably would have been lower if you fasted for the prescribed 12 hours before the test. At any rate, a fast is needed before the test to make sure that is as low as your cholesterol can be.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,709
    i did find this, not fasting only increases the readings by about 4 percent max. not really that much
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    My last blood donation I came back at 192, but i had just eaten beforehand too.

    The only reliable reading is to have a fasting blood draw done by your doctor. The breakdown of HDL and LDL is more important than the overall number anyway.
  • My understanding is that exercising will not bring your bad cholestrol (LDL) down but it will bring your good cholestrol (HDL) up. I have to watch the fat intake myself. Basicly if it taste good, it's bad for ya. :ermm:
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    You have them backwards.

    LDL = bad cholesterol
    HDL = desirable cholesterol
  • Oops your right. fixed it.
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,670
    Wouldn't know it by what I eat but mine just came back.
    LDL 73
    HDL 41
    CHOL 126
    Guess I'm lucky.
  • Good genes! :laugh: You are lucky, I have to eat the good stuff in moderation. :angry:
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    I agree with Fishless. I worked in a building with a nutitionalist that is an international bike racer. The worse levels any one can have. She is a veggy eater to. I however,drink and an exsmoker of 27 years and only been exercing 2.5 years. Great numbers in htat departement.
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  • I agree with Fishless as well. My wife eats the same things I do and her numbers are great. I guess I just got the bad genes. :(
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Hey HungryMan,

    Congratulations on donating blood. I donated yesterday starting work on my second gallon. LOL, I had the best nights sleep since the last time I gave.
    My cholesterol has always been pretty good but my triglycerides always ran a little high. This is a no no for a diabetic so I take a statin (pill) and don't worry about it.

  • KokemanKokeman Posts: 816
    I could not get mine below 220's so dr. put me on simcor. Now I am at 133 total.
    Good living through chemistry.
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