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    Old 07-31-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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    hello hello!

    Before I start off, here are my numbers:
    Leucocytes: 11.3
    Cholesterol (general): 2.32
    Cholesterol HDL: 4.94
    Cholesterol LDL: 0.31
    Triglycerides: 1.51
    (now I don't know what any of these really mean except that my cholesterol should be under 2)

    I was searching all over the internet to see if anyone was like me and to reassure myself. I got a blood test a few days ago to see if I could go on birth control and when my results were back, my doctor called me and expressed his concern due to the numbers he read. Apparently, he had never seen such high numbers for someone my age and says that if I had gone on the pill, I would have gone into cardiac arrest.

    Now, I'm only 18 years old and I'm 5'5. I don't know my weight exactly but it doesn't exceed 160lb, I'm not exactly 'fat' but I'm not exactly 'skinny' either, I've got some curves but I didn't think anything of them, it's how my family is.

    He said it was very worrying and I don't know what to do. I don't really follow a diet, I kind of just eat what I want and make sure I eat healthy (with the occasional binge...I like chocolate, what can I say?). A lot of people eat like me or even worse, so I thought I wasn't really doing too much harm -- imagine my surprise!

    My family definitely has a history of bad cholesterol. My mom has type 2 (I think?) diabetes, and I believe I have some type of diabetes as well.

    I don't know what any of this means and what I should do so I was wondering if anyone could help me and simplify what any doctor could tell me!

    Thank you

     
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    Old 08-04-2015, 02:25 PM   #2
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

    Are you sure you got those numbers right? Usually, they say that total cholesterol of 200 mg/dl or less is considered desirable. You stated 2.32 for "general". Perhaps you mean two hundred and thirtytwo?

    If diabetes runs in your family and you think you might have it or might be pre-diabetic, you need to be careful to follow a healthy died and exercise regimen.

    Were you tested for blood glucose? If so, what was the result?

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    Old 08-04-2015, 06:20 PM   #3
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

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    Are you sure you got those numbers right? Usually, they say that total cholesterol of 200 mg/dl or less is considered desirable. You stated 2.32 for "general". Perhaps you mean two hundred and thirtytwo?

    If diabetes runs in your family and you think you might have it or might be pre-diabetic, you need to be careful to follow a healthy died and exercise regimen.

    Were you tested for blood glucose? If so, what was the result?
    hi hi!
    I actually live in France (also in Scotland for university but I got tested in France) so that's why the numbers may look a little different, it's probably in a different scale than in America!
    The cholesterol is measured in g/l as is almost every other result I have gotten. I'm not sure what the glucose is in technical terms, but the only two things I'm over in other than cholesterol is leucocytes (11.3 10^3/mm^1) and triglycerides (1.54 g/l). I'm guessing for the cholesterol it probably just is 232 in mg/dl as that would make sense.

    I don't know why it's that high though especially for my age, it's not like I'm scarfing down 6 pizzas a day and drinking soda for every meal. I actually don't drink soda and I always try to choose the healthier option of certain foods (like with bread, instead of white bread I normally go for wholewheat) and try to avoid junk food but I do admit to eating it still. I walk everywhere I go, try to go on runs at least twice a week, and have a gym membership. I don't know what I'm doing wrong?

     
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    Old 08-05-2015, 01:23 AM   #4
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

    hello there =)

    would like to reconfirm with you on your blood test results.
    1. all the conversion unit on g/L?
    2. are you sure 4.94 falls on cholesterol HDL? and 0.31 falls on cholesterol LDL?

    For your information, there is difference between LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol.
    LDL are most heavily involved in the atherosclerotic process which link to cardiovascular disease. Thus the higher the serum LDL levels, the greater risk of initiating an atherosclerotic plaque.
    HDL offers a protective effect against forming of plaque. It helps to removes cholesterol from tissues and returns that cholesterol to the liver.

    In layman term, LDL known as "bad cholesterol" and HDL known as "good cholesterol".

    Below is the interpretation of laboratory values according to National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III):
    1. Total cholesterol levels
    - Desirable : Less than 200mg / dL
    - Borderline high : 200 to 239 mg/dL
    - High : 240 mg/dL and above

    2. HDL cholesterol levels
    - Undesirable : less than 40mg / dL
    - Desirable : 40 - 59 md / dL and above

    3. LDL cholesterol levles
    - Optimal : less than 100 mg/dL
    - Near optimal : 100 - 129
    - Borderline high : 130 - 159
    - High : 160 - 189
    - Very high : 190 mg/dL and above

    4. Triglycerides
    - Normal : Less than 150 mg/dL
    - Borderline high : 150 - 199 mg/dL
    - High : 200 - 499 mg/dL

    ** So by interpreting your blood results (through conversion of g/L to mg /dL); personally thinks that your HDL and LDL cholesterol level is fine; despite that in general, your total cholesterol falls under borderline high. Unless there's typing error between your HDL and LDL levels.

     
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    Old 08-06-2015, 09:42 AM   #5
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

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    hello there =)

    would like to reconfirm with you on your blood test results.
    1. all the conversion unit on g/L?
    2. are you sure 4.94 falls on cholesterol HDL? and 0.31 falls on cholesterol LDL?

    For your information, there is difference between LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol.
    LDL are most heavily involved in the atherosclerotic process which link to cardiovascular disease. Thus the higher the serum LDL levels, the greater risk of initiating an atherosclerotic plaque.
    HDL offers a protective effect against forming of plaque. It helps to removes cholesterol from tissues and returns that cholesterol to the liver.

    In layman term, LDL known as "bad cholesterol" and HDL known as "good cholesterol".

    Below is the interpretation of laboratory values according to National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III):
    1. Total cholesterol levels
    - Desirable : Less than 200mg / dL
    - Borderline high : 200 to 239 mg/dL
    - High : 240 mg/dL and above

    2. HDL cholesterol levels
    - Undesirable : less than 40mg / dL
    - Desirable : 40 - 59 md / dL and above

    3. LDL cholesterol levles
    - Optimal : less than 100 mg/dL
    - Near optimal : 100 - 129
    - Borderline high : 130 - 159
    - High : 160 - 189
    - Very high : 190 mg/dL and above

    4. Triglycerides
    - Normal : Less than 150 mg/dL
    - Borderline high : 150 - 199 mg/dL
    - High : 200 - 499 mg/dL

    ** So by interpreting your blood results (through conversion of g/L to mg /dL); personally thinks that your HDL and LDL cholesterol level is fine; despite that in general, your total cholesterol falls under borderline high. Unless there's typing error between your HDL and LDL levels.
    thanks for explaining & converting my results!
    The thing is, my doctor said I have too much "bad cholesterol" and too little of the "good cholesterol." He also told me (like I stated above) if I had gone on the pill I would have gone into cardiac arrest and I didn't know if that was just his doomsday theory or if he's just a pessimist, I mean I'm 18 years old after all!
    How come my LDL & HDL levels are normal but my cholesterol is high? Also, how did you convert my results? I'm really interested in knowing so my research will be a lot easier

    All the results I posted are exactly how they're written down on my blood result test!

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    Old 08-08-2015, 06:21 PM   #6
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

    you are welcome =)

    in order to convert from g/L to mg/dl; you just need to multiply by 100
    1 g/l = 100mg/dl

    hope it helps you =)

     
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    Old 09-03-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
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    Re: High Cholesterol for an 18 Year Old

    Hi there,

    A thyroid issue can cause high cholesterol. Do you have cold feet? Sometimes that is the only symptom.

    I've written several posts about this already, and you can find them by filtering for my posts. I'll just say here really quick that drinking tea can negatively affect your thyroid and mask the problem in blood work. So avoid tea. And make sure you're getting the following important thyroid minerals: iodine, selenium, iron and zinc. A multivitamin with added iodine is a good choice.

    I dropped my cholesterol 60 points from stopping tea and taking a multi with iodine.


     
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