Abnormal lipid profile

Abnormal lipid profile

A lipid profile is a test to check blood cholesterol levels. It can be classified as good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol as well as triglycerides (a type of fat). An abnormal lipid profile suggests high levels of total and bad cholesterol.

A lipid profile test is important because cholesterol can clog your arteries causing heart disease and stroke. A lipid profile test gives your health care provider important information about the risk of developing heart disease.

How bad is my lipid profile?

Total Cholesterol level
LDL cholesterol levelHDL Cholesterol level
NormalLess than 200mg/dLLess than 100mg/dL Or
60 mg/dL and higher
Borderline200-239 mg/dL130-159 mg/dL40-59 mg/dL
High risk240mg/dL and above160-189 mg/dLLess than 40 mg/dL

How to manage normal lipid profile?

  • Eat a nutritional diet. Reduce or avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Lose weight. Being overweight can increase cholesterol and risk for heart ailments.
  • Stay physically active. Regular exercise may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
  • Talk to your provider before making any major change in your diet or exercise routine.

When to see a doctor?

It is advisable to go for a lipid profile test every year since high cholesterol doesn’t have any visible symptoms. Visit your doctor if you notice any of the mentioned subtle signs,

  • High blood pressure
  • Chest Pain
  • Stroke
  • Pain while walking

What causes abnormal lipid profile?

  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Bad eating habits
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Menopause (in women)
  • Low levels of estrogen (in women)

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