A fasting cholesterol panel will give you more accurate results and a better picture of what is going on. It is the LDL you would want to monitor to see where that is going. And your triglycerides. A higher HDL lowers your risk of heart disease and is a very good thing! I wonder if that higher number bumped your total cholesterol number a bit? Maybe your LDL stayed the same.
My cholesterol levels were healthy as an omnivore but improved even more as a vegan, though my HDL went down slightly (from 62 as an omni in 2010 to 57 as a vegan after 1.5 years in 2012 ). My husband used to have a really high LDL level and low HDL and he was warned to cut back on dairy etc. His parents both have very high cholesterol. None of them are overweight and they rarely eat out but they eat a TON of eggs, meat, and dairy. After several years of religiously avoiding fast food and eating my vegan meals with just a little dairy/eggs here and there for him, his LDL dropped dramatically from something like 190 to 62, and his total cholesterol was 116, less than my 125. However, his HDL is still very low (can't remember offhand if it was 42 or 39). I keep pushing him to eat more stuff like walnuts, flaxmeal, leafy greens. Sighs.
There are other conditions that can affect cholesterol too. I have hypothyroidism and am in surgical menopause, both of which can raise cholesterol if not carefully monitored. Things like diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, kidney and liver disease etc can affect cholesterol. Regular exercise can also help with lowering cholesterol. I'm sure you are probably aware of all that.
Your numbers still aren't all that bad compared to a lot of people. I am a medical coder and code labs a lot. I have seen many many lipid profiles and many of them are shockingly bad! I am talking LDL in the 200 range and total in the 200-400 range and triglycerides ridiculously high. I saw someone's once who were in the 500s. Mine tested at 27 lol. I think the standard is to keep total cholesterol under 200, though under 150 is considered optimal.
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