What Does Low Triglycerides But High Ldl Mean?


Asked by Spencer

What Does Low Triglycerides But High Ldl Mean?

I began a diet, exercise program 6 weeks ago. Had a cholesterol test done at regular doctor's visit. Just got the results and something is weird. Triglycerides are low and LDL is high. What could this mean?

50 yrs old Female, 140 pounds, 5'5"

Total Cholesterol 240

LDL = 170

HDL = 48

Triglycerides = 103

ALT = 42 was called out of range

Monocytes = 7.4% was called out of range.

I take (2) 1200 mg Fish Oil caps a day.


Hi Spencer,

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

Triglycerides and HDL tend to be impacted by similar factors, such as physical activity. So, if HDL is high, triglycerides tend to be low and vice versa. However, LDL is impacted more by the type of fats in your diet, such as saturated and trans fats. Use this link to learn more about trans fats and saturated fats and see where you can make adjustments to lower LDL levels.

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN