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High cholesterol
Feb 8, 2003
Ten years ago my cholestrol was measured at 212, three years ago at 214 with HDL=54, LDL=129, Triglycerides=135. Last month just after starting on a low dose diuretic and atenolol for mild hypertension (140/90), my cholesterol again came out 214 but the HDL's had fallen to 34, LDl=142 and Triglycerides=190. I understand that atenolol and diuretics can adversely affect HDL and Triglycerides but I've only just begun taking them and my doctor says at the low dose there should be no problem.

I'm 44, exercise daily (lift 4 times a week 1 hr, run 45 minutes 3 times a week), don't smoke, eat well, take 2g vit C, 1200 units vit E (natural), a B complex, a multi, potassium and garlic daily.

I'm thinking there's a lab error on the HDL number. Any comments? thanks!
[quote]Originally posted by nux:
[b]Ten years ago my cholestrol was measured at 212, three years ago at 214 with HDL=54, LDL=129, Triglycerides=135. Last month just after starting on a low dose diuretic and atenolol for mild hypertension (140/90), my cholesterol again came out 214 but the HDL's had fallen to 34, LDl=142 and Triglycerides=190. I understand that atenolol and diuretics can adversely affect HDL and Triglycerides but I've only just begun taking them and my doctor says at the low dose there should be no problem.

I'm 44, exercise daily (lift 4 times a week 1 hr, run 45 minutes 3 times a week), don't smoke, eat well, take 2g vit C, 1200 units vit E (natural), a B complex, a multi, potassium and garlic daily.

I'm thinking there's a lab error on the HDL number. Any comments? thanks![/b][/quote]

What exactly does "eat well" mean to you? It means different things to different people. Based on your low HDL levels and high triglyceride levels, it appears that when you say "eat well" you mean a diet relatively high in carbohydrates (things like grains and potatoes) and low in animal fats. Your exercise regimen looks good, so I wouldn't change that if you enjoy it. You may want to consider tweeking your diet though, like incorporating more meat and eggs (will raise HDL levels) and cutting back on the carbohydrates, especially the refined and highly processed kind. Also limit or avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils and the foods that contain them due to the trans fatty acid content. These can really screw up your cholesterol levels (they can cause HDL to go down while LDL goes up).

It is possible that your HDL is in error, but it fits the profile that I described above regarding diet. Let's see if your numbers add up using the Friedewald formula (LDL = Total Cholesterol - HDL - Triglycerides/5). This is how LDL is calculated on your lab report since LDL levels are rarely measured. Anyway, using your first numbers, 212-54-135/5 = 131 (close enough to your LDL of 129). Using your latest numbers, 214-34-190/5 = 142 which equals your LDL reading. It looks like your numbers are in line. What has happened is that over this time period your HDL levels have dropped while your triglyceride levels have increased. Has anything changed in your diet during this time? More carbs? Less saturated fat?

Alan





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