Your Total Cholesterol Level

What Causes Elevated Total Cholesterol Level?

Elevated total cholesterol level can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose elevated total cholesterol level, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "elevated total cholesterol level" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • EFA Need
  • Manganese Need
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Dehydration
  • A Weight Problem
  • Syndrome X
  • Nephrotic Syndrome

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
blood clotting problems
bulimia
sun-induced headaches
brittle fingernails
yellow/yellowish fingernails
thick cracked heel calluses
occasional 'chills'
incoherent speech
edema of the knees
some ear wax build up
very angry/hostile disposition
moderate mercury toxicity
... and more than 140 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of elevated total cholesterol level:
Cause Probability Status
Mercury Toxicity 91% Confirm
EFA Need 24% Unlikely
A Weight Problem 12% Unlikely
Dehydration 3% Ruled out
Syndrome X 2% Ruled out
Manganese Need 1% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Nephrotic Syndrome 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Cholesterol, Total. What is your total cholesterol level? Unit: mg/dL [mmol/L]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 150 [3.89]
→ 150 to 200 [3.89-5.19] (normal)
→ 201 to 240 [5.20-6.22] (mildly elevated)
→ Over 240 [6.22] (elevated)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate unknown total cholesterol level, low total cholesterol level, normal total cholesterol level, elevated total cholesterol level or high total cholesterol level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Hypothyroidism

High cholesterol is one of the consequences of untreated hypothyroidism.

Manganese Requirement

See the link between Low HDL/LDL Cholesterol Ratio and Manganese Need.

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

Elevated total cholesterol greater than 270mg may be associated with mercury toxicity.

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

If you don't know your cholesterol levels, or haven't had them checked within the past five years, you should consider this simple test.

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