Elevated total cholesterol level can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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:
|A Weight Problem||12%||Unlikely|
|Syndrome X||2%||Ruled out|
|Manganese Need||1%||Ruled out|
|Nephrotic Syndrome||0%||Ruled out|
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)
High cholesterol is one of the consequences of untreated hypothyroidism.
See the link between Low HDL/LDL Cholesterol Ratio and Manganese Need.
Elevated total cholesterol greater than 270mg may be associated with mercury toxicity.
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.