Friend concerned over 120 LDL and 180 total cholesterol
Friend concerned over 120 LDL and 180 total cholesterol , 03-06-2013 12:41 PM


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A good friend of mine from church shared his concern with me over what he described as his "high" LDL cholesterol today despite taking Crestor. It was 120 and outside the range his doctor wanted (below 100 and ideally under 70). His total cholesterol was 180, triglycerides 77 and HDL 47, but his doctor has him worried and pushing for higher levels of statins. We had a nice half-hour conversation about this to share some of the information I'm writing about in CHOLESTEROL CLARITY. I've so gotta finish my book! This conversation today has given me an idea for the book that I may need YOUR help with. More soon.

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RE: Friend concerned over 120 LDL and 180 total cholesterol , 03-06-2013 01:07 PM


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Gotta love medicine by the numbers huh?

How do any of us live with this nonsense every day and still keep from offering "medical advice?"

The professionals have failed and the amateurs took over...
RE: Friend concerned over 120 LDL and 180 total cholesterol , 03-06-2013 04:16 PM


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Doctors typically target an LDL level under 70 only in cases where there is evidence of existing CAD or in people with a lot of risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure, bad family history, age, etc.). Also Crestor (aka rosuvastatin) is an extremely potent statin and not usually the first statin doctors would choose for most people. Even a low starter dose will usually knock LDL levels back 40%-50%.

Click and scroll down to see the "Statin equivalent dosages" table here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statin#Available_forms

If he is only able to get to an LDL level of 120 on Crestor, I'm guessing without the statin his LDL level would likely be near or above 200. An LDL level over 200 is considered extremely risky (assuming it is a persons normal level and likely to be maintained over several years).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-density...mal_ranges

If he does have existing CAD or lots of risk factors, I am not surprised both he and his doctor are concerned. Even if he doesn't, an LDL level over 200 is abnormally high and should be addressed. I am guessing more is going on here than just one or two bad cholesterol tests.