Posted by John on June 26, 1999 at 09:53:03
I was wondering about the comparability of Fasting vs non-Fasting Cholesterol Tests. On Feb 26th I had a fasting lipid profile of TC 146, HDL 29, LDL 87, VLDL 30, TG 151 and on April 8th I had another lipid profile about 2 hours after lunch of TC 178, HDL 28, LDL 123, VLDL 27 and TG 136. Are these comparable? Can/what inference could be drawn for my increased TC & LDL but slightly decreased TG levels while HDL is essentially the same.
Also, I'm trying to raise my HDL through exercise with 40-60 minutes of Aerobic exercise per day. would increasing my level of exercise help my HDL any more?
Thank you for your consideration.
Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on June 28, 1999 at 09:00:42
The standard that is used for treatment decisions is the fasting lipid profile. The non-fasting levels are elevated due to the circulation of lipids from the recent meal and are not used for treatment decisions. HDL is related to exercise but I would try to stick to your current plan first and then increase exercise levels if your HDL is still low.
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