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yeah i've heard that...as with everything i'm sure you have to look at more than just the numbers. i would think you were much healthier with a total chol of 150 and hdl of 60 vs a total chol of 200 and an hdl of 30. i think that's why the ratios are important. most people with low cholesterol probably have low hdls as well or are malnourished.
[QUOTE=wolverinete;4192737]yeah i've heard that...as with everything i'm sure you have to look at more than just the numbers. i would think you were much healthier with a total chol of 150 and hdl of 60 vs a total chol of 200 and an hdl of 30. i think that's why the ratios are important. most people with low cholesterol probably have low hdls as well or are malnourished.[/QUOTE]

Lets reverse that.. I think your healthier with a total chol. of 200 and an HDL of 60, as opposed to a total of 150 and an HDL of 30. Note: Ratios are important, but regardless, an HDL level under 40 for men, is considered sub-optimal or at un-healthy levels. The pioneers of the CT-SCAN, which measures Artery calcification, beleive that for Optimal heart health, the theory is "The Rule of 60". 60/60/60 for Cholesterol levels.

That is: 60 - HDL, 60 - LDL, 60 - Triglycerides

Note: I posted on this some months ago. These levels reduce plaque.. The miracle supplements (according to researchers) are Vitamin D and Niacin. Also diet and exercise.
[QUOTE=ACE28;4193395]The pioneers of the CT-SCAN, which measures Artery calcification, beleive that for Optimal heart health, the theory is "The Rule of 60". 60/60/60 for Cholesterol levels.

That is: 60 - HDL, 60 - LDL, 60 - Triglycerides[/QUOTE]

Note that these levels give a total of 135 mg/dl (60 + 60 + 60/5) and a total / HDL ratio of 2.25.

People in rural China reportedly have total cholesterol average around that range. Given their high level of physical exercise (manual labor doing farming and other work) and low levels of body fat, it would not be surprising if their HDL / LDL / VLDL breakdown were similar to the above listed ideal (although there does not seem to be publicly available information on this). Their heart disease rates are very low.

[QUOTE=ACE28;4193395]The miracle supplements (according to researchers) are Vitamin D and Niacin. Also diet and exercise.[/QUOTE]

Hmmm, miracle supplements come and go, but diet and exercise are always available (and if you exercise outside like farmers in rural China, vitamin D is less likely to be an issue).





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