Patient :Why might I have high LDL cholesterol and low triglycerides?
Symptoms: I am a 25 year old female in peak physical condition. I am 5'4, 118 pounds, exercise at least an hour a day (I'm a long distance runner), and generally avoid fatty foods. This isn't to say I never give in to foods like chocolate, pizza, or ice cream - I do - but generally, I eat fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. I don't eat much cheese, cream, or even that much meat. My parents have had moderately high cholesterol, at times, but it seemed to be related to age and diet. I had my cholesterol tested when I was 18 and 20 and it was low/normal, but this year I had my blood test results and I was shocked! My total cholesterol was 300! And it happened to be the (bad) LDL cholesterol that was high. At the same time, however, my triglycerides were low. What could be an explanation? Should I panic?
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