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Bit confused by cholesterol results

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Lemonie, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Lemonie

    Lemonie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can anybody help me understand this a little better as am a bit confused. These are the results from my latest Hba1c for cholesterol.

    Serum cholesterol: 5.7mmol/L
    Serum HDL cholesterol level: 1.81 mmol/L

    If my total is 5.7 and the HDL is 1.81 does this mean that the difference is the LDL?
     
  2. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There is also a 4th factor which is Triglycerides. This calculator and the various references it contains will probably tell you most of what you need to know. http://www.hughcalc.org/chol-si.php
     
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  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    The total cholesterol is made up of the HDL, the LDL and 46% of the triglycerides (UK measurements)
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Probably gave you those two figures because the ratio is the important one.

    Total/HDL should be 3.5 or less.

    You ratio is 3.15 so that seems to be O.K.
     
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    Brewers23 Type 2 · Active Member

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    As I'm a registered HCP I cannot give you advice; but I could suggest that you visit a website that you may find interesting, particularly one of the books mentioned. The website is a blog written by a practising GP and health sceptic https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/. He discusses cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
     
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