Cholesterol Problem!!?

I heard that you shouldn’t really worry about the "Total Cholesterol" but rather your HDL, LDL & Triglycerides. Is it true?
I am a 29 yrs old woman. I did blood test 3 times this year, and here is my results:

On 3/2007
HDL (57), LDL (120), Tri (60), Total Cholesterol (189)
On 7/2007
HDL (68), LDL (151), Tri (88), Total Cholesterol (237) <=Red Flag.
On 11/2007
HDL (62), LDL (136), Tri (67), Total Cholesterol (211) <=Still high.

My diet is pretty the same all year along, I don’t know what I ate that make it rise so much from March to July. Then I pay more attention to what I put in my mouth, I started taking fish oil and eliminate much greasy food. I also start eating 15 almonds per day. It drops a little, but it is still kinda high.

And how is the "total cholesterol" calculated? is it HDL+LDL+Triglycerides? Mine doesn’t add up, so I am curious of how they calculate that.


  • Sapphire

    The nurse is right.
    I’ve attached a summary page about cholesterol and how to best evaluate your numbers. My hope is to calm people’s fears about cholesterol. I hope it helps.

    Saturated fats and cholesterol in the cell membrane give stiffness and stability. With an excess of polyunsaturated fatty acids, they replace the saturated fats and the cell walls become flabby. When this happens, cholesterol from the blood goes into the tissues to give them structural integrity. This is why blood cholesterol may go down initially when we replace saturated fats with polyunsaturates.

    Cholesterol is the body’s natural healing substance that comes in to repair damage in blood vessels damaged through free radical irritation or viruses.

    Cholesterol acts as a precursor to certain hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.

    Cholesterol is a precursor to vitamin D, needed for healthy bones, nervous system, immunes system, insulin production and muscle tone.

    Bile salts are made from cholesterol. Bile is vital for digestion of fats.

    Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Low cholesterol has been linked to aggressive and violent behavior.

    As an antioxidant, cholesterol protects us against free radical damage.

    Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall. This is why low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut and other problems.

    Taken from: “Nourishing Traditions,” by Mary Enig, PhD and Sally Fallon, p. 12.

    A recommended way of evaluating your cholesterol numbers is not looking at TOTAL only but at the ratio of TOTAL to HDL. This means divide TOTAL by HDL. Then see what category you are in:

    Below 3.5 No risk
    3.5 – 4.5Low risk
    4.5 – 5.5Medium risk
    Over 5.5High risk

    Example: Total = 290 (seems scary) but divided by HDL of 79 = 3.7 which is ‘Low Risk’ = No worries.

    Even using the conventional method and even assuming there is reason to look at cholesterol, many people have no concern even when the total is higher than what the doctors recommend.

    HDLs should be higher than 75. LDLs should be lower than 100. Triglycerides should be lower than 150.

    If HDLs are low and triglycerides high, this indicates too many carbohydrates and too little exercise. If LDLs are too high, you may have oxidative stress or liver imbalances. OPC Synergy (1/day) from Standard Process and Globe Artichoke 1 tsp/day (from Mediherb) can help lower LDLs.

    Taken from Dr Tom Cowan’s article:

    Also coconut oil will help lower LDLs and raise HDL.

    Cholesterol is only an innocent bystander to the problem of heart disease. You can read this informative article by expert Ron Rosedale, MD to find out the details on why cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.

    The causes of heart disease are much more complex, and rather than going out and getting your cholesterol tested, there are four, much more powerful, blood tests to indicate your heart disease risk.

    They are:

    HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: HDL percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your cholesterol. That percentage should be above 24%.

    Triglycerides/HDL Ratio: Divide your triglyceride level by your HDL level. That percentage should be below 2.

    Fasting Insulin: Normalizing your fasting insulin level is a powerful and effective way to not only reduce your risk of heart disease, but also cancer. Your level should be below 5.

    Ferritin Levels: High iron levels will cause serious free radical damage, and are a FAR more important risk factor for heart disease than cholesterol levels. A simple blood test that measures ferritin levels can determine if your iron levels are dangerously elevated.

    To lower your risk of heart disease, you need not focus solely on lowering your cholesterol. What you need to do is address the foundational causes, and some of the most effective ways to do this include:

    Get plenty of exercise

    Eat right for your nutritional type

    Address your emotional stresses

    Sleep well

    Keep your vitamin D levels where they should be by getting adequate exposure to sunshine.

  • My advice is not to worry about it. I have been a nurse for 28 years and have seen alot of people who have normal cholesterol levels have big heart attacks and have also seen the opposite where people have high cholesterol levels and have clean coronary arteries. I do believe in the book I have just recently read The Great Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo. You may want to read it yourself. My LDL is a little high and I am not going to worry about it and I will NEVER go on cholesterol lowering medicine.

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