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low HDL cholesterol

Hi what does a low HDL mean.  here my latest lab.  LIPID Panel
                                                                                  Cholesterol total   155 range 125-200
                                                            HDL cholesterol        35   range > 40  (  low )
                                                           Cholesteterol ?HDL ratio  4.4   ,=5.0
                                                              LDL CHOL CALCULATED     103  range <130
                                                            Triglycerides    86          range <150
                                                          Non HDL cholesterol      120                      mh/dl

im  a male 45 years old 6'3  240 pounds    what does a low HDL mean??
                                                                 thanks Kevin









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HDL is the "good cholesterol" in that it is cardiorotective.  A low level is considered a cardiac risk factor.  The goal is always to treat high LDL (bad cholesterol) first and then consider treating low HDL.  Based on the information you have provided your LDL is at goal and the next step for HDL increase is diet and exercise to lose weight.  There are also medications that may help but first diet and exercise should be done.
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also BP is normal 120/80  
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The main thing is to keep the total < 150. This is a level where heart disease does not develop. If the total is <150 the HDL does not matter.
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Cardiologist told me to lose 5-10 pounds  he said im really active and exercise already, so weight lose is the only real thing to do. so ill try and lose 5-10 pounds not easy! but overall it all looked good. EKG blood work  ultrasound, sonogram.  BP  Labs. He said my weight is High on the normal scale but im not fat just a bigger guy.
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