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

... 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)

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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)

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... If you mean that your mother had two different blood tests done at two different labs and they came up with two different TC numbers, this is not surprising. They are likely using the same testing protocol, but these numbers are not absolutes like your height. In other words, you could have the very same lab take a sample, five minutes later take another sample. Then send... (6 replies)

... Do you know what is the standard way of calculating total cholesterol level? ... (6 replies)

... That formula works pretty good for triglycerides in the normal range of approximately 100 to 200. With triglycerides above 200, and especially above 400, that calculation tends to underestimate the actual LDL. ... (7 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)

... 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)

... There SHOULD be no difference in the cholesterol measurement from lab to lab. ... (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)

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

... Hey bigal, your forumla is identical to the one you said was wrong. You said:
LDL = TC - HDL - (Trigs/5)
Which just happens to be the same exact forumula as:
TC = LDL + HDL + (Trigs/5). (6 replies)

... No the formula is wrong the correct one is
Total cholesterol minus HDL minus the (Triglycerides divided by 5)
So here is an example Chol.=174 Trig= 296 HDL= 54 LDL=60.8
174 - 54=120
296. divided by 5=59.2
120
-59.2
60.8 (6 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)