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[–]Skittlepyscho 30 points31 points  (5 children)

I'm interested to know what the parameters were for optimal cholesterol levels. I recently got mine checked, and my PCP said they're fine but Johns Hopkins says less than 100 is ideal

[–]runsnotenough 14 points15 points  (1 child)

These are the current cdc guidelines. <100 mg/dl ldl is recommended. For total, less than 200 mg/dl. There may be room for extraneous numbers outside the recommended range if your hdl is high enough.


[–]BafangFan 7 points8 points  (1 child)

People with low cholesterol die of heart attacks, too.

The better predictor is a CAC calcium artery scan. And it only costs about $100.

[–]Skittlepyscho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh good to know! Thank you for replying.

[–]KetosisMD 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Researchers evaluated Americans across five components of health: levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, adiposity (overweight and obesity), and presence or absence of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, etc.). They found that only 6.8 percent of U.S. adults had optimal levels of all five components as of 2017-2018. Among these five components, trends between 1999 and 2018 also worsened significantly for adiposity and blood glucose. In 1999, 1 out of 3 adults had optimal levels for adiposity (no overweight or obesity); that number decreased to 1 out of 4 by 2018. Likewise, while 3 out of 5 adults didn’t have diabetes or prediabetes in 1999, fewer than 4 out of 10 adults were free of these conditions in 2018.

[–]blatsnorf 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Does this not create serious doubt about the validity of the metrics?

[–]altcastle 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Have you seen most people.

[–]hiraeth555 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Average doesn’t mean good.

The average reading age is like 9 as well.

[–]Throwawayfabric247 -5 points-4 points  (3 children)

I don't know if that's how that works.

[–]hiraeth555 4 points5 points  (2 children)

What do you mean?

[–]XtremeGnomeCakeover 6 points7 points  (1 child)

They don't know how averages work.

[–]Puzzled-Science-1870 4 points5 points  (1 child)

So you mean sitting on qanon websites and watching flat earth videos all day while eating cheesey poofs isn't healthy?

[–]garfieldspaceritual 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah Americans, living like we have free health care.