I had a cholesterol test done, and the Icky Doctor (this is the guy who, when I asked to try a different brand of birth control pills because the current ones were making me emotional, wouldn't switch me and suggested that instead I should see a psychiatrist and have my tubes tied) wanted me to pay another $25 copay to come in and have him explain the results to me, and I declined, saying I didn't see the point of that unless the results were BAD. Which they weren't.
The problem is that, um, I want the results explained. I got a copy of them, and the nurse said the numbers were "fine," so I don't NEED to know what they mean, but I'm interested. And my guess is that we have among us people who know exactly what these numbers mean and won't even charge me the $25. So! Here are my numbers:
Direct LDL: 85.0
And here is what I want to know:
- Is 159 "my cholesterol," the way people go around talking about what their cholesterol is? How "fine" is it?
- Is HDL "bad cholesterol," and is my number bad? How bad?
- Is LDL "good cholesterol," and is my number good? How good?
- What are triglycerides, and are they good or bad, and what does that number mean?
- What is CHDL, and what does that number mean?
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