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    VLDL significance with high LDL cholesterol

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    After reading many previous posts regarding blood work test results coming back with high LDL numbers
    yet HDL and Triglycerides numbers right where you want them I haven't really seen anything that talks about
    VLDL numbers and their significance. I head to the Doctor's on Thursday and want to be as educated as
    possible because I KNOW my cholesterol numbers are going to be discussed.

    What role does the VLDL numbers play in all this?

    My results are as follows:

    Cholesterol Total: 244
    Triglycerides: 47
    HDL: 83
    LDL: 152
    and
    VLDL: 9 reference range (5-40)

    My father had a heart attack at 49. Fit and active at the time. No one else in the family with heart disease.
    I still have the risk factor however since he is my parent. (He is still alive and well 25 years after his bypass surgery).
    I have no intentions of going on medication. There is lots of room for improvement in my diet and lifestyle
    that I can address first. I am sure my blood work will be discussed at my physical this week and I want to
    be sure that I know what I am talking if my doctor just brings up the "bad" cholesterol numbers and doesn't
    even mention that VLDL number which sounds like it is in a good range.
    Any input would be great.

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    I don't know about VLDL but your ratios look great.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    Thanks for the reply magicmerl. I think my ratios look pretty good also. I just wish I understood what exactly the VLDL number means in regards to my total LDL number. I know they transport triglycerides (at least I think I understand that much), so maybe
    their numbers are low because my triglycerides are relatively low also.
    I'll ask my doctor if she doesn't volunteer it herself.

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    VLDLs are just a type of LDL. And like you say, they are low because your Trigs are low.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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