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High Cholesterol, LDL, Triglycerides

Hi , how r u all,
I tested today
Cholesterol 244
LDL 169
HDL 34
Triglycerides 202

All time these numbers ranges for cholesterol between 210 to 244
The others almost no change
Other test is fine , no health issues , no diabetes , no Hypertension.
Do I need to start medications , my age is 49 .
Thank u    
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15695260 tn?1549593113
Hello and welcome to the forum.  We so appreciate your question and do advise first and foremost to work with your doctor on the best plan.  Your cholesterol panel obviously has elevated numbers, however, you don't sound to have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Often in that situation, patients are encouraged to make some lifestyle changes to see if it can impact the numbers. Your total cholesterol range is high as they want that to be under 200 and once it passes 239, it is considered high.  Your LDL is also high as they want that under 100 and your HDL is low, they want that to be at least 40 as a man of your age.  LDL and HDL go into the total cholesterol so improving these will lower that number. https://www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/levels-by-age#adults.  Your doctor may recommend medication such as a statin agent to improve these numbers.  Or they may recommend starting with lifestyle changes.  Exercising will raise HDL and dietary changes will lower LDL.  For some, losing weight really impacts the numbers.  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/reduce-cholesterol/art-20045935.   Your triglyceride level is in the high range as that begins at 199 and above.  Things like eating less pasta and white rice and decreasing alcohol consumption can help with this.  Some people do need medication to change their cholesterol numbers to a healthy range.  So, speak to your doctor about the best plan for you!
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15695260 tn?1549593113
We would love to know your doctor's recommendations regarding what your next step was for your cholesterol numbers.  Please update us.  thank you!
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