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Re: Is cholesterol level of 117 too low? Arithmetic!

Posted By: Joan
Date: May-03, 1998 at 20:36:18

In Response To: Is cholesterol level of 117 too low? (Pete R)

On the CDC link for brief definitions for blood tests, it gives several useful values under the Lipids category.

*total cholesterol normal range 120-240 (180)

*triglycerides normal range from 0-200 (100)
*LDL normal range 62-130 (81)
*HDL normal range 35-135 (85)

These latter three add up to the total cholesterol. NOTE that if we add up the three so-called optimums (100+81+85) we get 266 which is OVER the acceptable range for total cholesterol!!

That would make David's reading of 117 just a tad below the normal range,
his HDL of 40 is within normal range, while his LDL of 55 is 7 below.
With arithmetic, we can assume his triglycerides were 22, also within normal
If his LDL went up to say 62, his overall cholesterol would be within normal, too.
Another thing to look at is ratio of total cholesterol /LDL which is normally between 1 to 6;
David's 117/55 is around 2 which is also in normal range.

(Much tthanks to David for giving enough info to work with.)
I used to have 'too low' LDL's also, without my doctor getting worried.
Overall used to be 135 and has jumped up to 148, still way below the so called 'optimum' of 180 for total cholesterol, but in normal range. ('Scrubbed out' with oatmeal for years?? Who knows.)

So, I think we have look to see if the component parts are each in range, and remember the optimums don't add up..(!!)

Joan Savage

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