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Know your cholesterol ratio to prevent heart disease risk

Balancing your HDL—good cholesterol—and LDL—bad cholesterol—is important to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but how can you manage your cholesterol ratio? Read on to discover why a healthy cholesterol ratio is important, as well as how to calculate your cholesterol ratio, ideal ratios, the pros and cons of total cholesterol testing, and how often your levels should be checked.

Does cholesterol ratio matter?

Your cholesterol ratio can tell you whether you need to change your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of heart disease. The body needs HDL cholesterol to carry the LDL cholesterol back to the liver, where it can be removed. This LDL cholesterol is bad for your heart, and while it is important to try to keep its level low, a higher level of HDL cholesterol is beneficial to aiding in heart health.

How to calculate cholesterol ratio?

How to calculate total Cholesterol. Is there a formulae to calculate total Cholesterol from LDL and HDL?

What if my HDL is very high (running 100Km a week) but LDL marginal, would the high HDL number drag the total cholesteral higher than guideline?


The formula is from Friedewald. Total cholesterol minus (triglycerides divided by 5) = LDL. HDL has always been measured directly and as direct measurement of LDL has been widely available for more than 5 years I no longer use the Friedewald calculation.


The formula is from Friedewald. Total cholesterol minus (triglycerides divided by 5) = LDL. HDL has always been measured directly and as direct measurement of LDL has been widely available for more than 5 years I no longer use the Friedewald calculation.

Why are there different ways of calculating your Total Cholesterol?

My sister says your total cholesterol should be your HDL + LDL. However, on my last blood test, my HDL + LDL was 10 points lower than my total cholesterol. So, I found some web sites that have the following formula:

HDL + LDL + (Triglyceride


Technically, there is no pure cholesterol in your bloodstream. Cholesterol is transported by lipoproteins. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (high-density lipoprotiens) are the lipoprotiens used to transport cholesterol.

Tests can


well, I think that one day some scientist discovered that if you get bored enough you can find different ways to do things. Like the Total Cholesterol. What it is, is that you take the common ingredience in all food, then add it together. Everything


Technically, there is no pure cholesterol in your bloodstream. Cholesterol is transported by lipoproteins. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (high-density lipoprotiens) are the lipoprotiens used to transport cholesterol.

Tests can