Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Your cholesterol profile is reported in four parts.

The Total Cholesterol is supposed to be below 200.

The Triglycerides are technically not part of your cholesterol, but are a blood fat that sometimes needs controlling.  The best result is below 150.

The LDL is the “bad cholesterol”.  This should be less than 130 in all individuals, less than 100 if you have two or more risk factors for coronary artery disease, and less than 75 if you already have heart disease, diabetes, stroke or forms of hardening of the arteries.  This is reduced by weight loss, specific medications, and dietary fat restriction.

The HDL is the “good cholesterol” and protects you from the harmful effects of LDL.  This is improved with a little fermented alcohol intake (a beer or glass of wine daily) and also by exercise.