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Trying to understand Cholesterol results

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Chiefy, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Chiefy

    Chiefy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good morning all, help please! Following my recent blood tests I asked for a copy of them to see my cholesterol breakdown. 3 months ago I was 4.8 and the Dr said I had to go on statins which I didn’t do. My results now are 5.3 (but HbA1c has come down considerably due to change of diet) and the breakdown is as follows:

    Serum cholesterol - 5.3
    Serum HDL cholesterol level - 1.2 mmol
    Serum cholesterol/HDL ratio - 4.4
    Serum triglycerides - 1.7 mmol
    Calculated LDL cholesterol - 3.33 mmol
    SE non HDL cholesterol - 4.1 mmol

    having read the very helpful threads I understand there are the 3 (HDL/tri/LDL) but the way in which this has been shown on the print out has thrown me and is there anything I need to be concerned about? and what numbers do I need to look at? Thankyou as always....
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    First question as always. How long had you fasted before the blood sample was taken?
     
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    Chiefy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I did ask if I needed to fast and the nurse said no need which I thought was strange. Anyway, it was an early morning appointment so if memory serves me, I only consumed a cup of coffee. Nothing eaten that morning as far as I can recall.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    The coffee could explain your elevated triglycerides which are the only thing that looks "off" to me.
    Some people seem to be susceptible to coffee raising them.
    But next time fast for 12-14 hours beforehand drinking only water or the results are pretty meaningless to be honest.

    As to statins .. it's up to you what you put into your body not your GP/Nurse something many of us often forget.
     
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    Chiefy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks....
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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