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Q: My HDL is 71, tryglycerides 55 VLDL 11 and LDL 138 the LDL/HDL ratio is 1.9. Is this bad or OK ?

Please note that I was not told to fast before giving this sample and it was taken about 3 hours after a very light breakfast of a banana and a small bowl of cereal.

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1/24/09 6:26pm

Hi Bynky,


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 HDL is very good and triglycerides excellent.  Your HDL is above 130, but your ratio of LDL:HDL is great at 1.9.  The ideal ratio is less than 2.5.  If you'd like to learn more about the lipid profile and ratios, check out this article:


Making Sense of Cholesterol Ratios, Lipid Profiles and Your Heart Disease Risk Scores


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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By BYINKY, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 01/22/09