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Total Cholesteral
Jan 30, 2008
My cholesteral is actually good. I just got a test however, and was confused about the results. I thought that you added the the HDL and LDL and you got the total.

HDL is 47
LDL is 95
CHOL was 169

Shouldn't CHOL be 152?
You are missing the triglyceride number. Total cholesterol is equal to LDL + HDL + triglycerides/5. So working backwards, your triglycerides must be (169 - 95 - 47)*5 = 135.
[QUOTE=airey;3419000]My cholesteral is actually good. I just got a test however, and was confused about the results. I thought that you added the the HDL and LDL and you got the total.

HDL is 47
LDL is 95
CHOL was 169

Shouldn't CHOL be 152?[/QUOTE]


Your total cholesterol should be computed as LDL, plus HDL plus your Triglycerides divided by 5.
If your total cholesterol came out at 169 that would suggest that
your Triglyceride level is about 85 - also really great!

Gail
[QUOTE=airey;3419000]My cholesteral is actually good. I just got a test however, and was confused about the results. I thought that you added the the HDL and LDL and you got the total.

HDL is 47
LDL is 95
CHOL was 169

Shouldn't CHOL be 152?[/QUOTE]

That would be too simple. Mine is:

HDL 35 (should be >50)
LDL 55 (should be <115)
Total CH 123 (should be <190)

However, the ratio of Total/HDL seems to be the general guide as to whether you need treatment. At 3.6, yours seems to be fine although, like me, you have an HDL level that is too low.





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