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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol?

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Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Cardiology 27 years experience
Usually none: Most times when people talk about "cholesterol" they refer to the "total" number.

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What is the difference between cholesterol and total cholesterol results?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
See below: The total cholesterol is made up of 3 parts; triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. The exact formula is total cholesterol equals HDL + LDL + (triglycerides / 5).

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