... Its not really conflicting because HDL is your "good" cholesterol which helps counteract the "bad" LDL cholesterol so keeping your LDL, HDL and trigs in range individually and having a good ratio is more important than the total (6 replies)

... I was confused when I found out how Total Cholesterol is calculated. ... (6 replies)

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... I understand that if you divide a certai number of your cholesterol with another number, either HDL, LDL or toal, you get a number between 1,0 and 5.0 that tells you where you should be. ... (2 replies)

... Do they test for other things as well? or just cholesterol... just curious.. I mean for $29 is not bad at all (13 replies)

... Found it for $29 now.
Evaluate hyperlipidemia as an index to coronary artery disease.
Test #303756
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LP, FLP, fasting lipids, cholesterol panel (13 replies)

... Hi Imacarbuff
Good questions.
Your Trigs could be 80mg/dl and your HDL 40mg/dl giving you a ratio of 2.0..being acceptable.
However, if your LDL is say 149 this would give a LDL/HDL ratio of 3.72 placing you in the high risk category. So one positve and one negative ratio.
Is the 3rd. the decider? Probably.
Hence the reason why I said "It's not solely one ratio that... (6 replies)

... So, in the UK, if your Trig/HDL ratio was say.... 1.39 would you be prescribed a statin even though your other 2 ratios were higher than "normal" ? Also, if you are prescribed a statin, is it recommended that you supplement with CoQ10? I understand that in Canada it is somewhat required with a statin ( and I agree) but many Dr's in the US don't seem to think it is that... (6 replies)

... It's not solely one ratio that is taken into account for diagnosing hyperlipidemia or hypercholesterolaemia.
As previously stated, ratios are now used rather than LDL or/and TC as they are more accurate in determining the onset of heart disease within a ten year period.
Here in the UK the 'high risk' ratio thresholds are as follows. The Trigs/HDL is now used as the most... (6 replies)

... That's why a useful measurement is TC/HDL with a goal of under 4. (6 replies)

... Tend to agree with captjane (6 replies)

... I don't think it is correct that HDL and LDL are the same, you might want to go over the numbers again. LDL is typically much higher than HDL. Those numbers don't really add up properly. Call them again to get the numbers. In the US, at least, you can ask for a copy of the report as well; hopefully, you can do that there as well so you have a hard copy.
The basic... (1 replies)

... thirties with a cholesterol level of 6.4. I was very fit and healthy, not overweight, and took daily supplements with plant sterols in them, and high doses of omega 3 fish oils. ... (7 replies)

... A common method is to divide total by HDL to get a ratio. The lower the ratio the better. A ratio of about 4.5 is considered average risk, but average risk is not ideal considering that heart disease is a very common cause of death. (2 replies)

... A decent percentage of the time the calculated LDL on a standard test isn't correct anyway. It's just a calculation and can be off substantially, especially for people with low or high trig values. ... (5 replies)

... Great explanation...
So... here is the calculation:
Divide your Triglycerides by 5 113/5 = 22.6
Now, the formula is: (6 replies)

... The Friedewald Formula is normaly used to estimate LDL cholesterol. The only lipids that are directly read are TC, TG and HDL. The formal uses the following calculation:
Estimation of LDL Cholesterol = Total Cholesterol – HDL Cholesterol – VLDL Cholesterol*
* Estimation of VLDL Cholesterol = Trigs/5 (Trigs/2.2 for mmol/L) (6 replies)

... What is your HDL (good cholesterol)? Your numbers are similar to my untreated numbers and I'm age 39. Do you exercise? I do and still have those type numbers, untreated. First, you might try diet and exercise modifications and then retest. Also, you can add Niacin (Vitamin B-3) as you may get an increase in HDL and a reduction in LDL/Total. Plus, you can try a regimen of... (22 replies)

... the beginning of all this, my LDL would have been high if it had been measurable. I believe LDL can be measured properly but is expensive. In UK it is done by calculation but can only be valid when trigs are below a certain level. ... (9 replies)

... Okay mom,
I think you can look at it thusly: the Lipitor is giving you 95-117 and isn't really too dosage dependent. Often people get simialr results for 10 and 20 mg...I did!
I would say go back to 10 mg and take some dietary action. I'll bet you'll slide below 100 LDL if you do the basics.
Since LDL calculation comprises 1/5 of the triglycerides, any large difference in... (8 replies)