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Hi everyone,

I am so completely confused as to what to do, if someone has any advice it would be much appreciated.

I am 31 years old, extremely physically active (I race bikes), no history of family heart problems or stroke, vegetarian, I am 510 and weigh about 135-140 but I seem to have persistent high cholesterol.

My last numbers were:
Cholesterol. 230
HDL 54
Cholesterol/hdl ratio 4.3
Triglyceride. 73
Ldl. 161

I took statins for a bit and the numbers when a little bit down but man did they make me feel horrible.

I have read studies that state such ideas, conclusions. Some seem to believe that folks like me should not take the drugs and others say I am about to die. My current doctor, (whom I like a lot) seems to be in the you are going to die camp but my last doctor (who I also liked) said we should not start drugs yet.


Thanks in advance
Here is just my opinion. Your ratios are very good. Your cholesterol to HDL and Hdl/LDL is very good. I know a lot is said by individual numbers but I don't believe your body works individually. Your Tri is very good and your weight. If I was a doctor I would say keep up the good work. My cholesterol is 161, my LDL is 117 but my HDL is 31 so my ratios are higher than yours. People say wow I wish my cholesterol was that low but my ratios are not that great. I am 5' 6 " 148 and play a lot of tennis and I'm 57. I believe the ratios are the most important numbers. Keep up the good ratios. :)
[QUOTE=brettsmith1536;4189185] ... I am 31 years old, extremely physically active (I race bikes), no history of family heart problems or stroke, vegetarian, [B]I am 510 and weigh about 135-140[/B] but I seem to have persistent high cholesterol.

My last numbers were:
Cholesterol. 230
[B]HDL 54[/B]
Cholesterol/hdl ratio 4.3
[B]Triglyceride. 73[/B]
Ldl. 161
[/QUOTE]

The first thing I think of when I see your great HDL and Triglyceride levels, is that somehow, someway, the total Cholesterol number is wrong.

You seem to be doing everything right, have an excellent weight for your height and demanding exercise.

What is your confidence level about your Cholesterol test? Have you had your Cholesterol tested by more than one lab, or more than one doctor? A doctor's number one goal is PROFIT. If a doctor can get even a healthy patient to return on a recurring basis, it adds to their bottom line. Whether it be the health of your body, or the health of your car, let the buyer beware!

What have been some of your previous Cholesterol readings, and how long ago?





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