... 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)

... Those are excellent 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. ... (7 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)

... As zip noted, TC is always read directly. It is LDL that is calculated using the the formula zip provided. ... (6 replies)

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

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

... The figures for my mum doesn't seem to fit in the formula which zip or the web told me (i.e. HDL+LDL+Triy/5):
HDL 63
LDL 150
Triy 77
TC 247
There comes my question.
Anyway thanks for the feedback. I agree it's no good asking things that are already plenty there on the web. (6 replies)

... (2 replies)

... 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)

... AFAIK the direct calculation of LDL is accurate without regard to elevated triglyceride levels. ... (20 replies)

... the trick is to lower total cholesterol also and boost HDL. ... (24 replies)

... There is more to the calculation than you have included. One factor is your total cholesterol. ... (1 replies)

... At last calculation mine was 67. I believe there may be something to the reversal just from my own experiences. ... (8 replies)

... There SHOULD be no difference in the cholesterol measurement from lab to lab. ... (6 replies)

... As a side note, the VLDL can be calculated in a couple of ways. One method is to divide the triglycerides by 5, and another is by subtracting LDL and HDL cholesterol from total cholesterol The 2nd calculation may not be entirely accurate if there are other cholesterol-containing lipoprotiens present. It will however give you a rough idea of what yours is. Dividing the... (2 replies)

... Gee,
I always thought it was:
Trig/5 = TC - LDL - HDL :D:D:D: (6 replies)

... Not much is said about low HDL and low LDL. ... (19 replies)