have been diagnosed as having pure hypercholesterolemia. Yet at checkup, all my physician told me that I was very fortunate in my genes, since lab tests showed very high "good" lipids and very low "bad". Is there a contradiction here?
Well, I don't know what you mean by "pure" hypercholesterolemia.
There is no contradiction there. The "good" cholesterol is called HDL.
The "bad" cholesterol is called LDL. You want your good cholesterol number to be high and your bad cholesterol number to be low --- which it sounds like you have. The good cholesterol removes the bad cholesterol from your bloodstream. Most people with high cholesterol have high levels of the bad and not so high levels of the good. Since you have high levels of the good and low levels of the bad your risk of heart disease is very low despite your high level of total cholesterol. That is why he told you you have "good genes".
Does that make sense???
Last edited by Frank Furter; 10-08-2011 at 12:32 AM.
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Thank you. I am 84 years old and have had annual checkups for many, many years and have never been told I have a chloesteral problem, only that my numbers were good and my triglicerides (sp?) "golden". So why my physician noted "pure cholesterolemia" on her most recent diagnostic report, I have no idea. Clearly I do not have it, and I wilo give her a call immediately. Thanks!