My husband's TOTAL cholesterol was tested to be 150 and he skipped home in the best mood. HOWEVER, looking at his report;
TOTAL Cholesterol =150 mg/dl
LDL = 60 mg/dl
HDL = 30 mg/dl
TRIG = 299 mg/dl
I calculated his TRIG/HDL ratio = 10!
Regarding heart attack risk, I read this on a medical report:
"The ideal ratio of Trig/HDL is 2 or below. 4 is high. 6 is dangerous!!"
I have not said anything to him, but every report I've read says his ratio is at an extremely dangerous ratio level.
Each increase to next category rating steps up in increments of "two"; to go from good to high, from high to dangerous... so, relatively speaking, a ratio rating of 10 is much, much higher than the "dangerous" 6!
His other levels:
Blood sugar: 91 mg/dl
Blood pressure: 144/90 mmHg
What shall we do now?
Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:
Total cholesterol less than 200 HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60 LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100 Triglycerides less than 150
Your husbands triglyceride level is high and HDL level low. I recommend he contact his doctor to discuss further.
How to Increase HDL Cholesterol
How to Lower Triglycerides
You are right in being concerned. A total cholesterol within normal is not the only factor to look at when determining if levels are healthy.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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