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What does the result from my cholesterol test mean? How can I lower or raise my levels? After taking a cholesterol test, you will get 4 values: LDL, HDL, Total Cholesterol, and Triglycerides levels. Overall, the test informs a patient if they have a risk for heart disease or stroke. Each level should be interpreted differently as each of them are different at specific levels. You can lower or raise any values through eating certain diets such as high sodium or low sodium and exercising daily. For total cholesterol it is desired to have less than 200 mg/dL. Anything higher rises the risk for heart attack. For LDL, the lower it is the better. At optimal should be lower than 100 mg/dL. HDL levels should be high as this decreases the risk for heart disease. Around 60 mg/dL and above would be good. Triglycerides levels should be less than 150 as this suggest lifestyle related factors such as smoking and daily exercise. What about the different kinds of fats? Saturated fat and trans-fat are both bad for the human body as they can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Saturated and trans-fat are found in red meat, potato chips, and French fries. Without moderation
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  • Fall '19
  • Atherosclerosis, World Heart Federation., cholesterol test

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