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Differing Values In Lipid Panel Test

I was looking back at my med history.  For some reason I had 2 lipid panel tests in a short period of time (a month apart).  The results were different:

Jan 2010 --  Cholesterol 193,   Triglycerides 213

Feb 2010 -- Cholesterol 155,    Triglycerides 155


Which do I believe?  I fasted in both cases.  I think I recall my Dr. saying if I ate carbs even prior to the fasting, that could cause a higher false reading in the Triglyceride test...I think??  (I can't ask him cause I don't have insurance any longer).   Anyhow, erring on the side of caution, my Triglyceride level in Jan 2010 was higher than normal.  Is this value of 213 serious, i.e. can it lead to future heart problems??


Thanks,
James
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The 213 sounds pretty high for Triglycerides but the good news is you're trending downward on both the Tri's and total Cholesterol. I had the same concern last year--my solution was lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes. Exercise and fish oil are good for lowering Trigycerides.
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Ooops, typo.  Triglycerides in Feb 2010 were 116
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Even better. I would just watch the refined carbs, white sugar, etc. These will spike blood sugar and Trigycerides. Beer does the same thing. Stick with the plant based foods and whole grains. They get the job done.
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