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

... The Friedewald Formula is normaly used to estimate LDL cholesterol. The only lipids that are directly read are TC, TG and HDL. ... (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)

... As a side note, the VLDL can be calculated in a couple of ways. ... (2 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. ... (1 replies)

... but many Dr's in the US don't seem to think it is that important. ... (6 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)

... and TC as they are more accurate in determining the onset of heart disease within a ten year period. ... (6 replies)

... hours prior to the test and not consume any alcohol in the previous 24 hours. ... (10 replies)

... HDL ratio of 3.72 placing you in the high risk category. So one positve and one negative ratio. ... (6 replies)

... AFAIK the direct calculation of LDL is accurate without regard to elevated triglyceride levels. The author of the Friedewald formula has also stated that a calculated LDL is only accurate when both the total cholesterol and LDL levels are within the normal range. ... (20 replies)

... Patient should be on a stable diet, ideally for two to three weeks prior to collection of blood, and should fast for 12 to 14 hours before collection of the specimen. ... (13 replies)

... our 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. ... (6 replies)

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

... lent numbers, especially your high HDL level and very low triglyceride level. And don't worry about that LDL of 170 because that number isn't accurate. See, on the majority of lipid tests the lab measures total cholesterol, HDL, and triglycerides but they calculate LDL rather than measure it. ... (7 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)

... Time for me to jump back on my rant against the LDL calculation formula bandwagon. The thought that by raising trigs you can improve your LDL is just crazy and I am yet to be educated on how this phenomenon works. ... (11 replies)

... would need to consume more of these vs. the others. ... (24 replies)

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