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Should I be concerned about diabetes and cholesterol?

have been to the doctor with my wife to do a blood check up since after covid her cholesterol went up quite a bit. Her total cholesterol is : 278mg/dl and as I understood it should be under 200. Her HDL-cholesterol is 55mg/dl and DLL-cholesterol is 179mg-dl. And the triglyceride is : 309mg/dl when it's supposed to be under 150. The last one especially is too high I think. The doctor said to exercise more and avoid certain types of food but is this enough or should she take some other kind of medication. Blood sugar is 98, when at 100 it's considered elevated. She's close to this and I wonder if it poses any danger. Any help would be kindly appreciated.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Sorry for a delayed response to your question!  How is your wife doing? Many doctors look at lowering cholesterol as a process. They may want to see if a person can lower the figures within their cholesterol readings through diet and exercise before starting medication. Some can but many can not. I think healthy lifestyle changes do ultimately benefit someone regardless if they move the numbers in the right direction or not. This link you may copy and paste has 'normal' levels by age. https://www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/levels-by-age  Your wife is out of range on a few parameters. Here are some ways to lower cholesterol. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-lower-cholesterol . Based on this post, your wife's blood sugar level was within normal. Give us an update and we'll go from there.
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