What do my cholesterol levels mean?

Cholesterol, Total 204 mg/dL 100-199 Above Normal High
Triglycerides 54 mg/dL 0-149
HDL Cholesterol 70 mg/dL >39
VLDL Cholesterol Cal 11 mg/dL 5-40
LDL Cholesterol Calc 123 mg/dL 0-99 Above Normal High

Do they balance out? I have a bmi of 22.9. I am a little flabby but not completely overweight. I know I need to exercise a little more. But what exactly does this translate to?


  • James

    Your cholesterol is absolutely perfect. The only figure worth looking at is your total cholesterol to HDL ratio. If this number is 5 or less you are good. If it is 3.5 or less you are perfect.

    Yours is 2.9. You should be quite happy with that.

    Don’t do any changes. Just have a blood test every one or two years and keep an eye on this ratio and you’ll be fine.

  • Good cholesterol looks good but total and bad are a little high. No they do not balance out.

    I think the most important numbers are the triglycerides and the bad cholesterol (LDL). Either one being too high can cause heart problems and stroke. Your triglycerides look real good and your ldl is a little high.
    A few years ago the standard for LDL was below 120 but the American Heart assoc. changed it too 100. That caused problems for a lot of people. I wouldn’t put it past the drug manufactures lobbying the AHC to make the change so they could sell more statins.

    In your case one is good and one is bad.
    Get some exercise and lose some weight and the bad cholesterol will come down along with the total.

    Just watch the kinds of food you eat especially baked goods. Fiber is good at reducing your cholesterol and good for other stuff too.

    Overall it’s not bad, just needs a little improvement.

  • Jim 06460389

    please for don’t take anything for granted, BE sure and confident about what choleterol means, the variations between HDL LDL levels is seemingly small BUT in fact cause HUGE issues in later life especially and are simple to improve when you know the driving forces behind them….

    start >>> http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/Cholesterol_UCM_001089_SubHomePage.jsp

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