WHY DO DOCTORS MONITOR THE CONCENTRATIONS OF LDL AND HDL IN PATIENTS' BLOOD?
They are monitored because they are used to evaluate risk of heart attack or heart disease.
WHAT OTHER MOLECULES IN A PATIENTS' BLOOD ARE MONITORED ALONG WITH LDL AND HDL?
Other molecules monitored are blood sugar levels, triglycerides, and total cholesterol.
WHAT DO THE RESULTS OF A CHOLESTEROL TEST MEAN? HOW DO PATIENTS INTERPRET EACH VALUE?
The results can either be good or bad depending on your LDL and HDL levels. Patients may become confused or worried if results are interpreted wrong.
WHAT CAN CAN PATIENTS DO TO CHANGE THE LEVELS OF LDL AND HDL IN THEIR BLOOD?
They can maintain a healthy diet (reduce fat and cholesterol), minimize saturated fat intake to 7% or less, eat more Omega 3 because it increases HDL levels, and they should at least be exercising for 30 minutes a day.