I am in shape, have low body fat and a low BMI, but I have a family history of heart disease and a personal history of elevated cholesterol. A doctor who just goes by the numbers would try to get me on a statin ASAP. My numbers:
Total Cholesterol: 247
My endo agreed to have the LDL particle size tested. My results show I don't have any issues with small LDL, which is currently considered the actual risk factor for heart disease. The standard range is <528 nmol/L. My value is <90 nmol/L. My doctor was very happy to see this and felt no need to discuss statins.All of this is to say, if your doc is on you about a high LDL number, ask to have the particle size tested. It might give you both some peace of mind or it might tell you there is cause for concern. Either way, knowledge is power.