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Old 08-09-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Dr say HDL of 34 is ok

Just got back 'normal' lab results:


I've never had any issues, lab tests every 2 years or so have always been 'normal' so I've never really paid attention to them.

Getting a tad older, 41, so thought I'd research a little this time after normal physical.

all numbers seem 'good' from my research with the exception of HDL being too low.

I called the Dr. office and they said their range for normal HDL is 30-80.

Seems to contradict my research.

I'm not that worried about it, but is 34 too low? Should I try and work on it?

Is doc out of line saying it's fine or typical response? It's just irritating for research to say it should be above 40 for men and have the doc say it's OK, ya know?

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Old 08-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Dr say HDL of 34 is ok

Your Total cholesterol (TC divided by HDL) to HDL ratio is slightly over 4, which puts you at average risk for heart disease, a ratio below 4 is the goal. My Total cholesterol is 280, but the VAP test showed that my HDL is 78 and mostly small particle (the most protective) which makes my ratio a bit lower than yours. My LDL cholesterol is 180, but the VAP test showed that my LDL is all large particle, the type that's too large to stick in the arteries.

Maybe you should consider the VAP test if you haven't already, if your LDL is all large particle (not the sticking type), and your HDL is mostly small particle, you wouldn't have much to worry about.

As you can see, the numbers don't tell the whole story, the particle size of the HDL and LDL will give you a more accurate diagnosis of your heart disease risk. If I were you, I would want to know just how much of the HDL cholesterol is the smaller, protective size, since your count is below the marker of 40, but since your LDL is pretty low, I don't know if the larger, less protective HDL size would increase your risk of heart disease right now, but if you have small particle LDL and the LDL number increases in the future, it might make a big difference.

Good Luck!

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:57 PM   #3
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Re: Dr say HDL of 34 is ok

You could try increasing exercise to raise your HDL.

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