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Cholesterol and Obesity: What Do the Numbers Mean?

Phat in My 40's Health Guide March 17, 2010
  • In the past two weeks, I have had several doctors’ appointments.  Just routine visits really, checking in with my primary care doctor, neurologist, and rheumatologist, getting new prescriptions, etc.  Part of this process includes routine bloodwork.  My neurology nurse practition...

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  • Anonymous
    vickie
    Mar. 18, 2010

    Could you please include, maybe in brackets, the measurements used in Canada.  For example I am aiming for a cholesterol level of 6.5 - what is the equivalent number in the type of measurement you use?  

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Mar. 18, 2010

      Hi Vickie,

       

      Thank you so much for asking this question.  I had not even seen mention of the measurements used in Canada and the UK until looking it up just now.

       

      In Canada, cholesterol is measured in millimoles per Litre (mmol/L) and I've added the appropriate numbers in the post above in parantheses and italics.

       

      If you are aiming for...

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      Hi Vickie,

       

      Thank you so much for asking this question.  I had not even seen mention of the measurements used in Canada and the UK until looking it up just now.

       

      In Canada, cholesterol is measured in millimoles per Litre (mmol/L) and I've added the appropriate numbers in the post above in parantheses and italics.

       

      If you are aiming for a total cholesterol level of 6.5 mmol/L, that would be equivalent to 250 mg/dL, a level which presents a high risk of developing heart disease according to the American Heart Association.

       

      A total cholesterol level below 5.18 mmol/L would be more desirable.

       

      I hope that this helps.  :)

    • Anonymous
      vickie
      Mar. 19, 2010

      I can't imagine how I made that mistake in my question.  I am, of course, aiming for a fasting blood glucose level of 6.5 !!   Sorry,   and thank you for replying.  I guess we can all learn something new each day.

      Vickie