I'm not sure what to make of these results. I went in for my annual physical to my GP Dr and she called today stating that my Cholesterol was high. Given my total was above 200 but doesn't having good ratios mean more than total Cholesterol?
Total Cholesterol: 207
The Dr is telling me one thing where the research I've done is telling me another. Sometimes you just need to step back and get another opinion. Given that opinion is from a random stranger on the internet (taken with a grain of salt), it just shows EVERYONE has their own way of interpreting data.
Last edited by All4MyFamily; 11-15-2012 at 09:35 AM.
Here is something interesting as well. I went in to get my health panel for my Life Insurance and they just came back and told me that since my total Cholesterol was over 200 that I was ineligible for the "Elite Pricing". Without the "Elite Pricing" my rates had to go up per month.
I guess my GP is not the only one that just looks at the total number without taking into consideration all the other factors.
Was this a fasting test? If not, I'd go back and get a fasting one....just to humor everyone. If it was fasting, you could probably just tweak your diet - lay off fast food, no fried food, ease back on the dairy and sugar - and make everyone happy as well. Not to mention those kinds of foods should be eaten in moderation.
When it comes to the Insurance they told me that I have to wait 1 year to apply for a rate reduction. At that time I can get retested. For now I have to pay the higher premium.
Too bad you don't have a doc who understands the importance of ratios over the total cholesterol. But maybe you could find one so inclined who could speak on your behalf or write a letter to the insurance company.
The two test were done independently. The GP used the local hospital lab to the run the test since I just went in for a routine physical (I'm only 36 so my GP didn't run a gambit of test). Then a few days later I had more vials drawn again and they sent that to a lab in Kansas for test. The numbers came back almost identical (except the Life Insurance company ran many more tests as expected).
My GP had nothing to do with my Insurance, I just find in interesting that two separate Dr's and labs consider me "high". It's almost as if the "second opinion" agreed with my Dr. I wonder if there is something that I'm not seeing.
However, the Insurance Co would look at anything to keep premiums high.
WEll, that's true. And they are only going to go by their guidelines. Like the fact that I have asthma and am on an inhaled steroid. They "rate" me also. It doesn't matter that it's so well controled that I am on only 1 puff per day when most people are on 4. Sorry - I have it, I use the med, I'm rated.