Understanding my dads blood test results.
Hi, I am new here, so please excuse me if I'm doing anything wrong. Basically, Im in need of some insights from people who really know their way around Cholesterol test results.
I am asking on m dads behalf. He is 65 years old and very fit and energetic. He is very slim from daily workouts on a rowing machine, lifting weights and loads and loads of biking. He eats in a very health conscious fashion and has very good physical health. He suffers from no ailments at all and is on no medication what-so-ever.
On turning 65 he was told he could get a free heart health test from the local chemists. They do the usual and test for diabetes and cholesterol etc.
The reading cam back as high and he was referred to the hospital to get another more precise test. On getting the results back, he was told he needed to go on Statins to bring his cholesterol down. His results are as follows:
Serum cholesterol 6.79 mmol/L (122.22 mg/dl)
Serum triglycerides 1.61 mmol?L (28.98 mg/dl)
Serum HDL cholesterol level 1.27 mmol/L (22.86 mg/dl)
Total cholesterol: HDL ratio 5.3
Calculated LDL cholesterol level 4.79 mmol/L (86.22 mg/dl)
The doctor said it was because his LDL cholesterol was too high, so he needed statins to bring them back down.
From doing loads of research online, it seems that the recommended LDL range for a person with no heart problems is below 100, which it is. So how can his LDL be high? Furthermore, on his results from the NHS test, it says:
Calculated LDL cholesterol level 4.79 mmol/L (86.22 mg/dl) with a desired range of between 0.00-3.00 mmol/L (0-54 mg/dl). From what I have read everywhere, this range is only possible if you are on Statins? Everywhere else states with their ranges, that his LDL levels are not too high, as they are below 100 mg/dl. If anything, its just that his HDL is a little low?
I feel like they are trying to put him on Statins by making him look as though he has high cholesterol by using smaller ranges for the LDL than I have seen anywhere in all the research Ive done online.
Whats going on? Are they trying to put him on Statins with no cause to? or am I mimsunderstanding something. My dad is soooo healthy.
Any information or insight would be appreciated. Sorry for writing a novel.